• Founder American Wine Blog Awards, 2007

• Publisher “America Wine Writer Survey” 1994, 2004, 2010

• Co-Founder Wine Bloggers Conference

• Featured Speaker: Wine Industry Technology Symposium: 2007

• Speaker/Panel Moderator: Vino 2009, 2011

• Panelist, TASTE WASHINGTON 2010

• Lecturer, University of California Los Angeles: Business of Wine, 2011

• Contributor: “Spinning the Bottle Again”, 2012: “The Publicist and the Wine Blogger”

• Advisory Board, Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma

• Moderator/Speaker: ShipCompliant DIRECT, 2011, 2012

• “Best Overall Wine Blog”, Wine Blog Awards 2011

• “Best Business Wine Blog”, Wine Blog Awards 2011

• One of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry in 2012,

• One of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry in 2013,

• Wine judge at multiple Wine Competitions

• Founder and Board member of the American Wine Consumer Coalition


“Tom Wark is one of the best wine bloggers and his writing always gets me thinking.”
Tim Elliot—

“He’s easily the most important person in wine blogging history. He not only had one of the first wine blogs, he began the Wine Bloggers Conference and he started the Wine Blog Awards. Those achievements alone put Tom in the pantheon. Tom is to wine blogging as Walt Disney is to animation, as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were to the personal computer. In other words, the creator. More personally, Tom has been my mentor in wine blogging.”
Steve Heimoff—Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve


“His voice as a champion for our industry is pure signal and he influences business leaders throughout the industry.”
Paul Mabray—Vintank


“The internet has even given the wine world its first muckraker: Californian Tom Wark uses his blog, Fermentation, to expose the absurdity of America’s three-tiered distribution system and the money politics that perpetuates it.”
Mike Steinberger—SLATE Magazine


“I hope [Tom’s Manifesto for Change] becomes required reading in economic textbooks!”
Joe Roberts, 1WineDude


One of the bright lights in the firmament of on-line wine commentary
James Conaway,