Mark Rashap is one of only a few Certified Wine Educators (CWE) in Austin, TX and works for the certifying body, The Society of Wine Educators.  He’s been successful in every tier of the wine business from assistant winemaker in Washington State, broker/distributor in five states, and retailer in Texas.  Believing that teaching the curious and thirsty public is the most gratifying aspect of the wine industry, Mark hosts private and public classes via The Illuminated Bottle (

He is also an adviser to the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and host of the radio show, Another Bottle Down, on KOOP 91.7 bringing his philosophy and open-minded views to the Austin radio waves.