Marc Kauffman 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 most of 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.”
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. Marc is currently a finalist on the reality TV series The Winemakers Season 2.