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Marc R Kauffman

Marc holds certifications from the Guild of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators. He has served as an international wine judge in Lyons France and has completed wine making courses at U.C. Davis and The Culinary Institute of America. Combining a flair for performance with his wine industry experience, Marc was a finalist on the PBS reality TV series The Winemakers Season 2. Marc has studied acting with The Groundlings and Casting Director Tina D’Elia. In addition to his current TV project Marc has appeared as a featured extra on the HULU Series “Chance” with Hugh Laurie, the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why and the ABC mini-series When We Rise as well as commercials for Xfinity and NBC TV Olympics. Marc lives in Pacific Heights in San Francisco.

Marc became interested in wine during his college days when he spent a year studying at the University of Bordeaux. Upon his return to the USA he began a wine industry career that has included management positions with several national wine import and distribution companies and National Sales Manager for a Napa Valley family estate winery. Marc was General Manager of Stone Creek Wines which also became the largest private label wine producer in California.

Extensive travel to the major wine producing regions of the world has given Marc a taste for both old world and new world wines. “To experience the place where a wine is produced while you are drinking it gives me a better understanding of the complex influences that go into production of fine wine. I am fascinated by not only the agriculture of actually growing the grapes but also how the winemaker uses local tradition and experience to produce a particular wine.”

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Miklos Katona

Advanced Sommelier and Director of Wine, Encore Boston Harbor, MA