The Mark Wine News Winter '18 Volume 8.1 - Page 3

Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you’re wondering how the heck it got to be winter already, right? The time from Labor Day to Thanksgiving always seems to travel at warp speed. Of course looking back on these last three months, it’s kind of easy to see why it feels like that. It’s one fl ight, event, conference, camp and national sales meeting after another. This fall was no exception. Except that it was. The inaugural edition of The Mark Wine Camp Spain is now in the books. Together with Europvin, Mark and Jeff played host to campers as they explored wineries such as Vega Sicilia, CVNE and Abadia Retuerta all the way down to Jerez, home of Lustau Sherry. Look for photos and more details of the trip inside “Viva La España”. HOW TO REACH US The Mark Wine Group World Headquarters 141 E. Mercer Street, Suite C Dripping Springs | Austin | Texas e: t: 512.829.4999 Lisa Marks Gmur is the Director of Communications and Hospitality at the Mark Wine Group. She holds an MA in Mass Co m m u n i c at i o n s / Broadcast Journalism and has been working on and off as a journalist for thirty years. She began her career at the NBC affi liate in Providence, RI and then moved to Los Angeles where she worked for Group W Productions, FNN and then helped launch E! Entertainment Television as their Weekend News Producer. Lisa was a restauranteur on Barbados and then Maui before working for ten years as a fi ne wine sales rep in Hawaii. She earned her CSW (Certifi ed Specialist of Wine) back in 2003. Winter 2018 In this edition of The Mark Wine News, we talk with Marco DiGiulio, “Chief Winemaking Overlord” for Vintage Wine Estates properties such as B.R. Cohn, Clos Pegase and Cosentino. Wondering who’s behind the desk and making wine decisions at Darden Restaurant Group? His name is Brian Phillips and we talked with him about, yes, the wine program, but he also wanted to talk Blaufränkisch. Dying to know what that is? Well, you’ll have to check out our Q & A with him in Raise a Glass. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has a new captain at the helm of its wine program. Stephen Blevins, previously a partner in the restaurant group’s Walnut Creek & Newport Beach locations, has taken over the duties of wine buyer and relocated to the company’s new headquarters in Tampa. We talk about everything from weather to wine and everything in between. And for the fi rst time ever, The Mark Wine Camp will be heading down under, to New Zealand this spring, which is technically their fall, so harvest will be in full swing. Campers will get to explore the vineyards of Giesen, which just happens to be our feature winery in this issue. We talked with the three Giesen brothers for the article, but lucky campers will get to meet them in person. Look out for more details. 1