PETER MARKS (CA, USA)
MW, VP Wine Education
Peter Marks, Vice President of Wine Education for Constellation Wines, manages the Constellation Academy of Wine team, which is responsible for Constellation Wines’ diverse wine education programs. Marks is one of only 26 Masters of Wine residing in America. The prestigious Master of Wine (MW) title is bestowed by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) in London. The IMW promotes the highest level of educational achievement for the wine industry, which Marks received in 1995. That year he also became the first American to receive the Madame Bollinger Foundation Award, which is bestowed annually to the MW candidate with the highest blind tasting score. Before joining Constellation Wines, he was the Senior Vice President of Wine at COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa, where he was responsible for all wine sales and education programs. Previous to working at COPIA Marks was the Chief Wine Merchant at Wine.com, a wine Internet retailer serving more than 40 states. For 15 years prior, Marks was Director of Wine for the upscale Draeger’s Supermarkets located in Northern California. Marks graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1976 with a B.S. degree with highest honors in Food Service Management, and he attended a number of enology and viticulture classes that piqued his interest in the subject of wine and complemented his desire to work in the food service field. He held positions as a chef and manager with restaurants upon graduation until he entered the retail wine trade in 1981. Marks is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and he teaches wine classes independently. He is the Education Coordinator for the Institute of Masters of Wine tasting exam in the United States, is on the Wine Education Committee and Taste Napa Valley Steering Committee of the Napa Valley Vintners, judges at many international wine competitions and he also assists with many charitable fundraisers throughout the year.