The Wine Coach™ Laurie Forster travels Chesapeake Wine Country
Celebrity author, comedic performer Laurie Forster, finds new fodder for her comedic wine coaching act while traveling Chesapeake Wine Country
On Laurie's first trip to Crow Vineyard and Winery last summer she wasn't sure that she would find a winery amidst corn fields and cows grazing along country roads. Laurie was on a trip to the vineyard to tape a demo for a new online show "Rebel Spirits". (sneak peak the sizzle reel here) She did find the winery and one that produces wines that merit a sommelier's attention. One summer later Laurie returned to Crow to perform.
Laurie combines wine education with stand up comedy, improv and games to create a killer act where your own laughter amps your enjoyment of a good wine selection. This TV personality, award-winning sommelier and comedian, or as Laurie calls herself, The Standup Sommelier® peels back the labels of a customized selection of wines for guests and interweaves wine business truths and humorous moments as a mom in suburban hell. Laurie lives on the Eastern Shore and has traveled far and wide from her home base on the shore to "demystify wine", whether it be to host her radio show on WBAL "The Sipping Point", to appear on national TV Shows like Dr. Oz (enjoy her Dr. Oz segment on wines for your health here) or for corporate entertainment. With more people coming to Chesapeake Wine Country as a premier wine and agro-tourism destination Laurie gets an opportunity to coach lovers of local wine. She has performed her act at Bordeleau Winery on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and recently performed further north on the wine trail at Crow Vineyard and Winery. The journey gave her an angle for some new material for her show "Something to Wine About" .... think mall mom in a rural oasis of fine wines surrounded by cows!
written by Lotte Bowie, shorevines
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Crow Vineyard & Winery
Laurie, The Wine Coach...and check out the more serious side of Laurie below!
We asked Laurie to share what its like to travel through Chesapeake Wine Country on Maryland's Eastern Shore and to comment on the wines being made there.
1. How did you happen to live on Maryland's Eastern Shore?
My husband Michael is a classically trained chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. We were living in NYC during my sommelier training and had our daughter Michaela there. We were looking to move somewhere with more space for our growing family when Michael was offered an executive chef position in Easton, MD. We love pairing food and wine together which is highlighted on our BLOG www.HeCooksSheWines.com.
2. What is your take on the wines being made here?
As an entrepreneur I love that the wine industry is in such beginning stages on the Eastern Shore. There is so much opportunity for new wineries as the agro-tourism aspects of wine making. I love that each winery has its own personality and focus which is what makes the Chesapeake Wine Trail so fun! I have quite a few favorites from the trail the Crow Barbera Rosé to the Bordeleau Pinot Gris and don't forget the St. Michaels' Chocolate Zin.
3. What would you want to happen to this region?
I'd love to see our wineries to get the support from the state and the residents to ensure these are sustainable businesses. All our wineries need to reinvest in their business and the quality of the wines. Virginia wine regions like Charlottesville and Loudoun County have been able to really spread the word attracting a significant amount of media and tourism. I hope that for our wine region as well.
4. A lot of the people behind the wine movement on the shore have an agricultural background....how is this a plus?
In the end wine is an agricultural product so this is essential! The old saying goes, "Wine is made in the vineyard." Growing the best grapes for the place and harvesting them at the right stage of ripeness...this is the key to great wine!