Marlene Rossman, relocated Manhattan Wine Seminars, LLC, from New York to Southern California, where she provides wine seminars and events to corporations, and individuals. She consults for private clients on acquiring fine wine for their cellars. Marlene teaches in the Wine Certificate Program and is the creator of the Corporate Wine Studies program at UC Irvine. She was the wine columnist/critic for Orange County Home magazine until publication was cancelled, 2008, June. Marlene was the sommelier at Laguna Culinary Arts, Laguna Beach, California from 2003 to 2006. She is also a co-host on the James Beard award-winning webcast series on GrapeRadio.com. Marlene currently writes on wine and food for Chef magazine and the California Restaurant Association.
Marlene was the Editor-in-Chief and columnist for Wine Country International magazine, wine, columnist for New York’s Flatiron magazine and wrote for Beverage Media, Vineyard and Winery Management magazine, and Wine Business Monthly. She was the featured commentator with Stephen Spurrier in a news program on U.S. Wine in World Markets produced by the Associated Press Television News.
Before turning her passion into profit, Marlene collected and studied wine for over 20 years. She is the founder and president emeritus of Women for WineSense, New York; a founding member of the American Sommelier Association, NY, and a member of the Society of Wine Educators. Marlene was a sommelier at New York’s French Culinary Institute, where she also taught wine education to culinary students. She is a frequent judge at wine competitions, most recently at Jerry Mead’s New World International Wine Competition, Riverside and Long Beach, CA and the Italian Organic Wine Exposition.
As president for over 15 years, of Rossman, Graham Associates (RGA), marketing consultants, Marlene specialized in consumer buying behavior and segmentation marketing and provided research data to Fortune 500 consumer goods and beverage alcohol companies. Marlene sold wine at retail to gather research for RGA’s Women’s Wine Preference Survey, a study of wine purchasing and consuming, published in 2000.
Marlene’s 1996 book, Multicultural Marketing: Selling to a Diverse America (AMACOM Publishers) sold out three printings. Her first book was, The International Businesswoman. She was Adjunct Professor in the Executive MBA programs at Pace University Graduate School of Business, NY, New York University and Executive-in-Residence/Visiting Professor, University of San Diego, CA. Marlene holds a BA in English, an MA in Linguistics and an MBA in Marketing.