Long before Mark joined Williams Selyem, he was an avid fan and dedicated List member. In fact, when the chance to work at Williams Selyem arose, his main purpose in interviewing was to see if he could increase his allocation.
Joining us in 2006, Mark now gets to tell the Williams Selyem story far and wide, manages the allocations (now you know who to call!), customer communication, and all wine sales. Since he manages The List, his allocation has never looked better.
Not surprisingly, his Pinot Noir epiphany was with a bottle of Williams Selyem opened by a friend. He says he can still remember exactly how the wine tasted. Currently his favorite bottle of wine is the 2007 Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir.
In 1991, Mark’s love of wine sent him packing, literally. He made a solo trek from Boston, leaving friends and family behind, just to be closer to California’s best grape-growing regions. After a short stint teaching, he joined a small direct marketing agency helping companies as diverse as Starbucks, Warner Brothers and Microsoft. Realizing he needed hands-on experience to make a career move into the wine industry, he volunteered at a winery on weekends, eventually going full-time and moving to wine country. It was a life-transforming move and he’s never looked back.
On weekends, Mark can be found exploring the California Coast with his wife Christie and daughter Paloma, cooking, and of course opening a bottle of Williams Selyem Pinot Noir.
One of his favorite vintages is 2005 — the year he and Christie were married. This vintage is marked by earthy, forest-like qualities and is one of the best vintages to age in recent times.