Friday, December 20, 2013

Laurie Forster, The Standup Sommelier, Coming to Watermark

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Face it. Sometimes people take wine waaaaay too seriously. It's fermented grape juice stored in oak barrels, and it's meant to make you happy. Outside of those details, much of the rest of the fuss is market-driven ad speak and pretentiousness. Fortunately, not everybody is so uptight when they're talking about wine.

Laurie Foster calls herself "The Standup Sommelier," and she aims to put the fun back into wine. Her show, titled “Something to Wine About” is coming to Watermark restaurant in the Gulch on Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6. During the show, Forster demystifies some of her favorite wines and shares some stories of her life in the wine business.

She's a former Jersey girl and married to a chef and is unafraid to tell stories on herself. Forster also hosts a radio show called The Sipping Point on WBAL. Her standup show shares tips on how to better enjoy wine and how to not be afraid of looking stupid when you are confronted with a long wine list written in foreign languages.

“My recipe for success is one part comedy, one part wine education minus the snooty attitude. Wine is something meant to be enjoyed and not used to lull you to sleep or for intimidation. 'Something to Wine About' is an evening of fun, laughter and connection where you’ll walk away knowing more about wine without even realizing it," shares Forster.

Tickets for the show are $30 plus tax and tip and are available at by calling Watermark Restaurant at (615) 254-2000. Tickets include the show, four wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Limited seating is available; advance purchase is required.

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