HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Leslie Sbrocco

Award-Winning Author, Writer, Speaker, Wine Consultant, and Television Host


  • Essential Tips to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine: Includes tips on Leslie's "Big Three" - How to Buy, Pair and Share Wine
  • The Basics of Wine & Food Pairing
  • Wine 101: How to Taste Like a Pro
  • Building the Essential Wine Wardrobe



Leslie Sbrocco’s first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine (William Morrow), offers an entertaining approach to make learning about wine and food fun. It 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, was released in 2006 (William Morrow).

Thousands enjoy Sbrocco's monthly musings in media outlets such as, "Tasting Notes" for Epicurious.com, the web site of Gourmet and Bon Appetit, Wine Review Online and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has been published in publications such as O, Coastal Living, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and Santé. Prior to completing Wine for Women, Leslie was a columnist for the New York Times online and “Cooking with the Times” and General Manager/Co-founder of WineToday.com, the wine site of the New York Times.

Whether appearing on television as the wine expert for the cooking show Seasonings, cable television’s On the Vine series, CBS's Evening Magazine, or the Today Show, Sbrocco's humor and passion resonates with viewers. Her latest television project is as host of the PBS series Check Please! Bay Area, for which she won both the coveted James Beard award and an Emmy award.

A sought-after speaker, Sbrocco has spoken at events ranging from O magazine's “Hi Gorgeous” tour to the American Dietetic Association national convention. She has been the keynote speaker at numerous wine events including the Boston Wine Expo, Pinot Noir New Zealand, and the Washington D.C. International Wine and Food show. Her corporate clients have included Ketchum, Southern Wine and Spirits, Target, Jackson-Lewis, Vineyard Bank, Wines from Spain, and Fleishman-Hillard.

Sbrocco is wine consultant for the Kimpton Hotel Group and Virgin America Airlines. She is also a wine educator for Crystal Cruises and Holland America Cruise Lines.

Sbrocco is a respected judge at a number of the country's largest wine competitions and international wine competitions such as the Concours Mondial. She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband and two children.