Mark Oldman Celebrates New Book “How To Drink Like a Billionaire”

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Friday, October 14, 2016

Drinking is an art form, one that should never be taken lightly. Drinking like a wealthy elite, however, is a whole different glass of wine that requires a lot of learning, often a sizable bank account and of course a taste for the finer things in life.

For those who have always wanted a guide on how to drink like a member of the upper class, Mark Oldman has got you covered. The wine expert has released a new book titledĀ How to Drink Like a Billionaire.

In this new book, Oldman offers advice on techniques to guard against overzealous pourers and bottle stranders, how to avoid being a victim of wine trends, what to say about that glass of Pinot Noir, the best (and worst) wines to give as a gift and a fascinating glossary of insider lingo and French expressions that will help you look that much more impressive to the wine crowd.

Oldman is considered one of the country’s leading wine personalities, and is the kind of wine expert who believes that everyone should enjoy wine more.

If you think there is nothing in Oldman’s book for you because you aren’t on the list of the world’s billionaires, think again.

Oldman says “‘Billionaire’ is a metaphor for someone who feels in control, equipped to hone in on the most delicious wine for the least amount of money and effort. They are able to take advantage of the best parts of wine culture without feeling overwhelmed by rules or the tyranny of too many choices. And they can do so without having to become experts themselves. The billionaire drinker can cut through the sales pitches and geekiness and hipsterism so prevalent in wine and get closer to the two overriding purposes of wine: pleasure and sharing.”

To celebrate the launch of his new book, Oldman held a party as his private home, otherwise known as “the wine sanctuary.” At the fantastic event, guests were greeted at the door with wine glasses filled with either a white or red option. Attendees also got to snack on cheese, crackers and a variety of other hors d’oeuvres. At one point, Oldman popped a bottle of Balthazar champagne and allowed guests to take pictures of themselves in a cutout of his book. The event was described as both fun and extravagant, which happen to be two of Oldman’s favorite words.

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