Speaking & Corporate
Energizing your audience & Pouring the FUN back into wine!
♦ Are you looking for an innovative way to thank your VIP customers and close more business?
♦ Do you wish you could create a more cohesive team and increase productivity?
♦ Is it difficult to create a truly memorable event for your next fundraiser, trade show or sales meeting?
If you’re seeking an entertaining way to motivate your staff, looking to engage your customers or you want to raise funds for your nonprofit – Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach is your answer!
Laurie’s events offer wine education in plain English with a sense of humor. She calls it edu-tainment. The audience connects with winein a way which is fun and approachable, and they connect with each other in the process.
Laurie has delivered results-focused events for clients such as Microsoft, MetLife, American Heart Association, McCormick Spice Company and the US Chamber of Commerce – all of whom rave about her fresh (and fun) approach to wine.
Who is Laurie Forster?
Laurie Forster is an award-winning sommelier, author, radio personality and comedian. Her edgy approach to demystifying wine has caught the eye of major networks, corporate meeting planners and high profile fundraisers around the country. Audiences connect with her down to earth “Jersey Girl” approach and find it a breath of fresh air in the often stuffy world of wine.
Forster is the host of The Sipping Point radio show and her mobile application, “The Wine Coach,” was listed as one of the Top 8 Wine Apps in Wine Enthusiast magazine. Her award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine has been featured in publications across the country, including the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast and FoxBusiness.com.
A former software sales executive, Laurie’s wine career began in Manhattan where she studied with the American Sommelier Association to obtain her certificate in Viticulture and Vinification. Laurie has since earned an Advanced Certificate with Merit from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She has also trained with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.
Popular Topics include:
You Uncorked (Keynote)
On her journey from software sales executive to award-winning sommelier, Laurie Forster has learned many Lessons from the Grape. These lessons form the ingredients that are used in Laurie’s recipe for a delicious life. Make this your finest vintage ever…You’ll learn, laugh and get inspired!
Name That Wine! (Teambuilding)
Laurie will teach your attendees the art of “blind tasting” – tasting a wine without knowing its identify. Teams will also learn the skills needed to identify each wine’s grape varietal and then compete to see who can really Name That Wine. Contests, Prizes and guaranteed connections!
Perfect Pairings (Over Dinner Program)
Laurie will teach you the keys to food and wine pairings as well as how wine reacts with common food components like salt, acids, and fats. Then over dinner you’ll interactively taste your way to understanding how to create Perfect Pairings every time. You’ll learn, laugh and never look at wine pairings the same way again!
Something to Wine About (Entertainment)
Looking for a laid back and hilarious take on wine tasting? Try Laurie Forster’s off-beat hilarious show where wine meets punch line. As the StandUp Sommelier,™ Forster peels back the labels of your favorite wines to expose the truth of her life in the wine business. Show includes wine tasting, comedy and audience games!
What do Laurie’s clients have to say?
“Thanks again for a fantastic Wine Coach® event! The guests LOVED hearing you speak and learning over lunch. Many have since asked for your contact information so they can do it again! Your wine tasting feature really enhanced the value of our client meeting and boosted potential sales. I have recommended you to other meeting planners and hope we can work together again soon!” ~ Stephanie Olivero, Event Manager, MetLife
“It was truly a teambuilding experience. Laurie promoted a lot of group discussion and created a very light and “at ease” experience. It is clear that Laurie is extremely knowledgeable. She was able to answer all of the group’s questions which was quite impressive. I thought it was also great that she tailored her discussion points and even her demeanor to fit the group. She was able to pick up on it quickly. Truly an entertainer!” ~Amy Schultz, Event Planner, Booz Allen Hamilton
Partial List of Corporate Clients: Microsoft, MetLife, Merrill Lynch, Caesar’s Entertainment, McCormick Spice Company, Intelsat, Accenture, National Association of Catering Executives, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, United States Congressional Club, JP Morgan, Re/Max, eBay, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Myers Squibb, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sweet Street Desserts, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Discovery Channel, Alzheimers Association, American Cancer Society & Constellation Energy.
Want to know more?
Set up a free get acquainted call with Laurie to discuss your event needs and how we can help.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-820-4212.