Laurie’s events offer wine education in plain English with a sense of humor. She calls it edu-tainment. The audience connects with wine in 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.
Interested in booking Laurie? Email Laurie@TheWineCoach.com or call 410-820-4212 to set up a call with Laurie to discuss your event needs.
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 identity. 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!
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.
“We recently worked with Laurie to deliver a virtual wine and cheese pairing/tasting for a very important client. The event took place after a productive day of business zoom meetings. The feedback we received was that the wine tasting was “the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae” for the day. It was educational, fun, and a great way to wrap up the day. Laurie was great to work with in preparing for the event. We had about 12 people in attendance and it was as if we all had been friends for years. Kudos to Laurie for a great event and a job well done. We will be sure to engage Laurie again in the future.”
"I had the pleasure of working with Laurie this past September. Laurie was amazing and was always available to handle any of my questions and concerns. This was the first virtual wine tasting event I’d ever planned. Laurie listened to all my ideas and worked with me to create an event that not only entertained all the attendees but satisfied my sponsors as well. Everyone raved about the event afterwards! I would definitely recommend Laurie Forster. She is the best!"
"I highly recommend Laurie Foster (aka Wine Coach) for all wine tasting networking, client appreciation and team building events (both virtual and in-person). In addition to several very successful pre-COVID in-person events, our last two virtual events were a huge success. Laurie’s approach to each event was tailored to meet our guests’ needs and involved a unique blend of wine tasting skills/information, as well as audience participation and networking. We received great feedback from our members, and are looking forward to organizing additional events."