Host Biography

Check, Please! Bay Area host Leslie Sbrocco

An award-winning author, speaker, wine consultant, and television host, Leslie Sbrocco is known for her educational and entertaining approach to wine. Recently voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Sbrocco’s engaging personality and in-depth knowledge is her trademark whether appearing on screen or in person.

Sbrocco’s first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine (William Morrow), 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, (William Morrow) was released to wide acclaim and she is currently at work on her third book, Adventures of a Thirsty Girl.

Her work has been published in outlets such as People Style Watch magazine, Conde Nast’s where she was the Tasting Notes columnist for five years, O the Oprah magazine, Coastal Living, Woman’s Day, Health, Good Housekeeping and Glamour among others. Prior to completing Wine for Women, Leslie was a columnist for The New York Times online and General Manager/Co-founder of, a site of The New York Times Company. She is also the co-founder of the multimedia company, Thirsty Girl LLC.

Leslie is host of the PBS/KQED series Check, Please! Bay Area for which she has won a coveted James Beard award, three Taste Awards, and three Emmy awards. Sbrocco is also a featured judge on the PBS national series, The Winemakers, as well. She appears frequently on television outlets including CNN, Better TV, and as a regular guest on NBC’s Today Show, where her humor resonates with viewers.

Sbrocco is one of the country’s most sought-after wine speakers. She has appeared at events ranging from O magazine’s “Hi Gorgeous” tour with Oprah Winfrey to the American Dietetic Association national convention. She has been the keynote speaker at many international wine events including the Boston Wine Expo, Pinot Noir New Zealand, Food and Wine Magazine’s Aspen Classic, and the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival.

Leslie has built wine programs for and consulted with companies such as Target, Harry & David, the Kimpton Hotel Group and Virgin America Airlines. Her corporate clients include Liberty Mutual, RedPrairie, Cisco Systems, Ketchum, Southern Wine and Spirits, Jackson-Lewis, AOL, and The Wall Street Journal. She is also a wine educator for Crystal Cruises and Holland America Cruise Lines.

Sbrocco is a respected judge at a number of the largest wine competitions both domestically and globally including the Concours Mondial, The Argentina Wine Awards, and San Francisco and Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition.

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Host Biography 10 December,2013Check, Please! Bay Area

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