Mark Spivak is a freelancer specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel. He has two decades of expereince writing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet. He is the author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, published in November, 2012 by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Art & Antiques, Men's Journal, Arizona Highways and the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines.
From 1994-1999 Mark was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, and was honored in 1997 by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage "in a graceful and approachable style." Since 2000, he has been the Wine & Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group. From 1999-2011 he hosted Uncorked!, a highly successful wine talk show on the Palm Beach NPR affiliate.
Mark's book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, examines 12 spirits that changed the world and created the cocktail culture. Some of them are categories and others are specific brands, but they all have compelling stories that are unknown to the average person. His weekly examination of the world of spirits, The iconic Spirits Blog, is available on his website.
The holder of the Certificate and Advanced degrees from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Mark spent many years in the restaurant business. He was a partner in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and worked as a sommelier and dining room manager at several restaurants in the South Florida area. He still works as a consultant to country clubs and private clubs, helping them with staff training, wine list construction and bar management.
In addition to working as a restaurant critic for Palm Beach Illustrated, Mark delights in taking his culinary experience on the road. He has learned to make salsa in Panama and pasta in Emilia-Romagna, and has recorded the edible delights of his travels to Australia, South America, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the many regions of France.