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.
Laurie is fantastic! Engaging, knowledgeable, relatable, energetic. The humor and expertise she brings to even virtual tastings and appreciation sessions is contagious and perfect for any occasion. From saving sparkling in the fridge with a spoon to how to best appreciate a “wine sandwich” - all attendees will leave her fun and interactive session with more knowledge and appreciation. Thank you endlessly, Laurie!
Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach is AMAZING! She, along with Brenda Lynch of Mutt Lynch Winery recently provided a unique and memorable wine tasting to virtual guests of Penn-Mar Human Services at our Party in Place event! We have received so much great feedback about the event. Guests said they loved learning about Laurie's background and her suggestions on best ways to enhance one's wine tasting experience. We so hope we have the opportunity to work with Laurie again - she is truly knowledgeable, charming, funny and a wine expert!!
I attended a live event with Laurie and was so impressed, I asked her to work with me on, now, two virtual events. Each of my events were a bit different. The first was a holiday recognition for a team. The second was a large fundraiser for a non profit. She was tremendous! Her expertise is unquestionable. Her delivery is so personal and charming, it felt as if she was in the room with us. During planning, she was very detail oriented and led us to think about many things that wouldn’t have occurred to us. Finally, the last minute, unscripted stuff was handled by her with ease. She is a real pro in terms of her knowledge, her ability to connect in person and virtually and a good business person. Thanks Laurie! Until the next event...
I highly recommend a wine event with Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach. I had over 30 folks in attendance virtually and Laurie kept them entertained and happy while educating at the same time. She beautifully fielded the "rapid-fire" questions coming from the guests at the end of her presentation. Like the professional that she is, Laurie wowed them start to finish. Kudos! My guests are asking, " When is the next one?" Laurie left them wanting more! Guests in attendance ranged from 25 to 85 years of age! So, I am confident she can handle any group....with ease!
We had some awesome, fun, Wine Down time tonight with our Wine Coach Laurie Forster. We learned soooo much! Laurie was so easy to work with, engaged our members with a really great video promoting the event, provided us with marketing materials and just made our lives so much easier. The members truly enjoyed this experience and are already asking when the next one is. Thank you so much for a great event!
"ENGAGING! ENTERTAINING! EDUCATIONAL! Laurie not only brings impeccable knowledge of wine, but also presents the intricacies of wine and wine-tasting in a casual, fun way. Her attention to detail and genuine love for wine resulted in a great event for my friends and clients. I could not be happier with how Laurie and her team helped me organize and execute a highly personalized event. Although we had to do it virtually, she brought the same "feel" of an in-person event. We worked on a theme, Laurie curated the wine, her team handled the logistics, I got to enjoy the company of my clients and learn about several great varieties!"
"I wanted to take the time to recommend Laurie after our tremendously successful wine tasting under her direction. We came to her after a long day of strategic planning meetings and the event she designed was the perfect way to end our day together. Laurie guided us through the correct way to taste wine in a fun and approachable way for everyone attending. I will also add that she made the planning process super simple. I only had to provide some overarching guidelines and she took care of everything after that. Thanks again Laurie. I am looking forward to planning another event with you in the future."
"Our Women's Initiative event was fantastic! Everyone had such a great time and was so engaged, The feedback I have received has been from "this is the best zoom event I have ever attended" to "this is the best women's event I have ever attended." This is definitely going to be a repeat event for us. Thank you!!"
"We booked Laurie for a wine tasting during an international virtual corporate event with participants from all around the globe. Laurie has been incredibly supportive in planning the event and ordering wine in many different countries. It was a pleasure to work with her and to profit from her great experience. The wine tasting was a great success, mainly due to Laurie’s broad knowledge and her ability to convey it in an entertaining way. I hope I get the opportunity to work with Laurie again."
"We recently hosted a virtual wine tasting with the Stand-Up Sommelier, Laurie Forster, for our Women's Initiative Group. Laurie did a wonderful job keeping everyone entertained and informed during the tasting and we received great feedback from the attendees. During the planning process, she was great to work with and accommodating to our special requests for the presentation. I would highly recommend working with Laurie for any wine tasting events!"