Sommelier and author Marnie Old is one of the country's leading wine experts, an engaging speaker known for her refreshingly direct style and incisive insights. Marnie's humorous column on wine and spirits, Cheap Buzz, appears biweekly in the Philadelphia Daily News. Formerly the Director of Wine Studies for Manhattan's French Culinary Institute, she continues to lead seminars for the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and for corporate clients nationwide.
Marnie's latest book is the revolutionary Wine: A Tasting Course
, a fully-illustrated introduction to wine that uses the power of images to explain complex wine concepts. Her first foray into interactive digital books, the Inkling app Wine Simplified, was honored by Digital Book World with a "2013 Publishing Innovation Award" for "Best Non-Fiction App". Marnie's previous titles include Wine Secrets
, a delightful collection of concise and practical advice shared by 40 top wine experts, and the popular He Said Beer, She Said Wine
, an entertaining debate on food pairing co-authored with beer legend Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.