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Marlene Rossman
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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.

Blog Entries by Marlene Rossman

Cult Wines for Tough Times: Sommelier Journal

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 5:58 PM

Napa Valley, home of the $500+ cult wine, is changing. With the economy tanking and jobs disappearing like conference room doughnuts, demand for these uber-fabulous wines is way down. In 2009, $50 is the new $500!

In the "olden" days (up to mid-2008), a wine was considered a "cult" wine...

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Your Private Sommelier's Gift Giving Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2008 | 10:29 PM

So Christmas may be over, but you still need some last minute gifts for those relatives spent the last four days sleeping on the floor of the airport.

You bought some kickass gifts, but let's be honest -- with all this gift buying and giving, isn't there a little...

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Why I Love Red Burgundy and You Don't

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 12:45 PM

So there I am, in my best ex-sommelier fashion, opening up a bottle of wine and presenting it to my husband. He says, "bring it on, baby!" When he lifts the glass to his nose for a serious swirl (he learned something from me), he wrinkles up his nose and...

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Why I Hate Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Review

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2008 | 6:07 PM

Santa Rita Floresta Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, about $22

Twenty two bucks is a lot to spend for a Chilean white wine, especially if it's
Sauvignon Blanc -- a wine best known for tasting like cat pee. In fact, the French, who produce some of the worlds' most famous...

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Wine Review: Zinfandel (RED)

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 4:50 PM

Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Heritage Vines 2005, Sonoma County, California about $13.

When I was a working sommelier (I got tired of working nights), I can't tell you how many people would ask for a glass of white Zinfandel. I would explain that the only Zin we had on the wine...

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Wine Review: Can you say Viognier?

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 10:42 PM

Michael David Incognito Viognier 2006 Lodi, California, about $15

No, it's not Vyog-nyer, not Vee-nay or Viagra-ner. However, does have something to do with sex. It's pronounced Vee-yoh-N'YAY and has a rich "mouth feel" and sexy aromas of lychee wth flavors of peach and lime. Viognier is an unusual grape...

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"Winespeak" and Other Obscenities

(11) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 2:12 PM

Getting in touch with my inner snark (see my previous post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlene-rossman/notes-from-a-sommeliere_b_117338.html) felt so good, that here's some more.

When you were a little kid, did anyone have to teach you to taste your milk? Did you have someone read you glowing reviews of the chocolate milk in your...

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Notes from a Sommeliere -- Pet Peeves

(14) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 4:51 PM

Lately there has been a deal of bitching and moaning http://www.slate.com/id/2191912/ about restaurant waitstaff and wine service.

Having been on both ends of the wine bottle (see my previous entry), I can tell you that the feeling is often mutual. If you ask restaurant wine staff for their...

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You Have The Wine List, Now What?

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 4:32 PM

You have reservations at a new four-star restaurant. Your boss/mother-in-law/client is impressed. Then the waiter hands you a wine list that weighs 20 pounds and looks likes an old unabridged dictionary. "Would you care to order the wine now?" he asks. Everyone is staring at you in absolute silence. In...

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