TV Personality, Wine Educator, Author
An award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host, Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining and educational approach to wine. Voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Sbrocco’s engaging personality, deep wine knowledge, and unique ability to connect with readers and viewers are her trademarks.
Sbrocco’s first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine (William Morrow), 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 culinary adventure book series, 100 Days…100 Drinks, Dishes & Destinations.
As host of the PBS restaurant review series Check Please! Bay Area Sbrocco has won a coveted James Beard award, three Taste Awards, and three Emmy awards in the span of 11 seasons on air. Sbrocco was a featured judge on the PBS national series, The Winemakers, and created wine content for the hit TBS show, Cougartown. She appears frequently on national television outlets and is a regular guest on NBC’s Today Show. She is currently filming a new digital drinks series for PBS entitled, Taste This!
Her work has been published in outlets such as People Style Watch magazine, Epicurious.com, O the Oprah magazine, Coastal Living, Health, Time, and Glamour. Prior to completing Wine for Women, Leslie was a columnist for The New York Times online and General Manager of WineToday.com, a site of The New York Times Company. Through her social media, print, online outlets and television appearances, Leslie reaches millions of consumers annually.
Sbrocco is also one of the industry’s most sought-after wine and keynote speakers. She has showcased her energetic style at hundreds of national and international culinary events including Food and Wine Magazine’s Aspen Classic, the Boston Wine Expo, Pinot Noir New Zealand, Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, Women of the Vine Leadership Symposium, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Wine Promenade, Tulalip Resort’s Taste of Tulalip, and SF Chefs.
Sbrocco has appeared on stage with a roster of celebrity chefs including Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, Carla Hall, Martin Yan, and Chris Costentino. Her portfolio of corporate event clients includes Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Wall Street Journal, Mercer, Cisco Systems, RedPrairie, Marsh, and AON to name a few.
Leslie has built wine programs for and consulted with companies such as Target, Virgin America Airlines, Harry & David, and Kimpton Hotels. Her educational and media training clients include The Atlantic City Alliance, Wines from Spain, Trentino Wines, G7 Wines of Portugal, Crystal Cruises, and Holland America Cruise Lines.
Sbrocco is member of the philanthropic society Les Dames d’Escoffier and a respected judge at global wine competitions including the Concours Mondial in Brussels, The Argentina Wine Awards, The Portuguese Wine Awards, Sunset Magazine’s Wine Competition, Critics Challenge, and the San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition.