Wine Expert & Consultant, Award-winning Author and Television Host
An award-winning author, speaker, wine consultant, and television host, Leslie Sbrocco is known for her educational and entertaining approach to wine. Voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business by IntoWine.com, Sbrocco’s engaging personality, humor, and in-depth knowledge are her trademarks whether appearing on screen or in person.
Sbrocco’s first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine (William Morrow), has been excerpted by two national magazines – Redbook and Family Circle – and won the coveted Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year award. Her second book, The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide, (William Morrow) was released to wide acclaim, and she is currently at work on her third book, 100 Days…100 Drinks.
Her work has been published in outlets such as People Style Watch magazine, Epicurious.com (where she was the Tasting Notes columnist for five years), O the Oprah magazine, Coastal Living, Woman’s Day, Health, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour among others. Prior to completing Wine for Women, Sbrocco was a columnist for The New York Times online and general ,manager of WineToday.com, a site of The New York Times Company. She is also the co-founder of the multi-media company, Thirsty Girl LLC.
Sbrocco is host of the PBS restaurant review series Check Please! for which she has won a coveted James Beard award, three Taste Awards, and three Emmy awards in the span of nine seasons on air. She was a featured judge on the PBS national series, The Winemakers, and created wine pairing/educational content to launch the current season of the hit TBS show, Cougartown. She appears frequently on national television outlets including CNN, The Hallmark Channel’s Better TV, and NBC’s Today Show.
Sbrocco is one of the country’s most sought-after wine speakers showcasing her energetic style at diverse events including O magazine’s “Hi Gorgeous” tour with Oprah Winfrey, the American Dietetic Association national convention, and the Southern Women’s Shows. Her portfolio of corporate clients ranges from an ongoing event series with Liberty Mutual Insurance to wine tastings and motivational speaking for The Wall Street Journal, Mercer, Cisco Systems, RedPrairie, and Ketchum Advertising to name just a few. Within the culinary industry, Sbrocco has been keynote/speaker at high-profile events including Food and Wine Magazine’s Aspen Classic, the Boston Wine Expo, Pinot Noir New Zealand, Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, the Boardwalk Wine Promenade, Tulalip Resort’s “Taste of Tulalip,” and SF Chefs.
Sbrocco has built wine programs for and consulted with companies such as Target, Harry & David, the Kimpton Hotel Group, and Virgin America Airlines. Her educational and event clients include The Atlantic City Alliance, Wines from Spain, Trentino Wines, G7 Wines of Portugal, Southern Wine and Spirits, Crystal Cruises, and Holland America Cruise Lines.
Sbrocco is a respected judge at a number of the largest wine competitions both domestically and globally including the Concours Mondial, The Argentina Wine Awards, Sunset Magazine’s International Wine Competition, Critics Challenge, and the San Francisco International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Leslie Sbrocco lives with her husband and children in Sonoma County, California.
Praise for Leslie Sbrocco’s Events
“Learning to select and pair wines can be an intimidating process for many women. But Leslie managed to educate the crowd with ease. Her engaging, conversational tone and sharp sense of humor proved to be tremendous to the overall success of our ‘Hi Gorgeous Tour’ events!”
— Jill Seelig, Publisher, O, The Oprah Magazine
“Leslie Sbrocco holds the title of the most appreciated and enjoyed speaker at the Women’s Show series we produce. Leslie’s knowledge of wine is impressive. It is, however, her ability to share this knowledge in a fun, interesting and interactive way is what makes Leslie special. She epitomizes the saying, ‘Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.’ Her book, Wine for Women, is a personal favorite, and I recommend it to my friends (both women and men) who are wine connoisseurs as well as those just beginning to explore the world of wine. We’ve had many wonderful speakers and never had a speaker whose topic, delivery and personal sense of style has so enchanted our audiences.”
— Joan H. Zimmerman, CEO, Southern Shows, Inc.
“Leslie is an amazing keynote speaker. Not only were all of her seminars a sell-out, she truly entertained and educated the standing-room only crowds. But that’s not all. With Leslie, we had the perfect speaker because of her command of print, radio and television media and her willingness to totally support her speaking engagements by conducting media interviews on our behalf.”
— Ed Hurley, Director of Event Marketing, ResourcePlus, producers of the Boston Wine Expo & Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival
“Attending a Leslie Sbrocco seminar is like a breath of fresh air! Her contagious spirit and in- depth wine knowledge make her presentations easy to follow, entertaining and informative. Everyone walks away with a smile and a shopping list, be it for a great merlot or a new black dress! Kudos to Leslie for bringing this engaging presentation style to the forefront of wine education.”
— Jamie Peha, Executive Director, Taste Washington Festivals