Elizabeth Schneider is an award-winning podcast host, author of the acclaimed book “Wine for Normal People”, a wine expert, and one of the leading women in wine education in the United States.
With over a decade in the podcasting world, Elizabeth has been mentioned in nearly every top wine podcast list produced. She is a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Specialist of Wine, and has years of experience working in the wine industry. Elizabeth has an MBA, is a successful female entrepreneur and has a wealth of corporate speaking experience. She has conducted over 400 successful live wine events, about half of which have been conducted online. Her expertise is in communicating wine to a consumer audience in a plain spoken, fun, entertaining way.
Whether the audience is wine novices or enthusiasts or a mix of everything, Elizabeth can create a unique, lively experience for your team that will bring them together, have them laughing and relaxing, and teach them some important things about wine that they can actually use.
The Wine for Normal People on-line classes are so much more than tasting classes! I love learning how the history, culture, and climate of the region has impacted the wines in my glass. The notes and information that Elizabeth provides allow me to, confidently, continue my exploration of the wines and regions after the class is over.
“I would absolutely recommend Wine for Normal People for your next corporate event, girls night or simply to become more versed in your wine knowledge. Elizabeth was super easy to work with and helped us to create a very personalized virtual experience that traditionally would have taken place in person. She certainly holds up to the Wine for Normal People name by educating, enabling and bringing fun to all levels of wine drinkers. I can speak on behalf of our team that this will not be our last engagement with Elizabeth and Wine for Normal People!”
"I wanted to send a note express my sincere gratitude for you and our wine experience at the AT&T VIP Dinner event during Super Bowl! It was truly such a pleasure working with you – you make it so easy...I was in awe of how you took all of that on to ensure the night would be spectacular! The evening of the dinner, your grace and poise was so impressive, not to mention your extensive wine knowledge. You truly know how to work and read the crowd, while delivering a unique experience. I am so pleased with how the event turned out!"
"Elizabeth has real industry knowledge but more importantly, the gift of public speaking! She is engaging and funny and immediately captured the attention of a 250 person audience...I have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback on Elizabeth’s session and she stayed for over an hour after to answer questions and even sip wine with the audience. Elizabeth allows you to learn and laugh and I am looking for the next audience for her to delight!"
"Elizabeth Schneider is a fabulously dynamic speaker, engaging the audience with her knowledge of wine, charisma and sense of humor. We always know that we are going to get a fun and unique experience when we bring Elizabeth into one of our events. We customize every program that we do, and Elizabeth is always flexible and eager to partner with us to make it a one of a kind event."
"Elizabeth did a wonderful job over the two nights of our charity event. She has clearly done these things before; she has a sense for what works and what doesn't with regard to the crowd. Elizabeth managed a balance of humor, professionalism, and warmth – we couldn’t have been happier."
From the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Wine for Normal People, described by Imbibe magazine as “a wine podcast for the people.”
Wine for Normal People is an unpretentious guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine.
Learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a wine label, and so much more. This is the go-to wine book for men, women, and all other people who want to know more without becoming sommeliers.
Wine For Normal People is the most perfect book about wine I’ve encountered in several years of studying wine and reading about it. Although I’m far from expert, I know enough to enjoy delving into the rich information on wine regions which Ms. Schneider presents with entertaining intelligence. Her writing is clear and accessible, colloquial and funny, and doesn’t read at all like a textbook. She manages to condense complicated and extensive information on every wine region into what’s most beneficial for a relative beginner to know, without making me feel dumb for not knowing it already (as the critics’ writings often do). But the book encompasses more than the world’s wine regions and what distinguishes each of them; she also provides astute guidance on how to train to be a better taster, how to learn to choose a wine (wisely), and how to pair wines with foods that will help them shine. I’ve read other books, blogs, and guides which might do one of these things well, but this is the first book I’ve come across which does all of them well. I would highly recommend this book to any student of wine who wants to learn how to sound (and actually be) smarter when talking about it. (Also, I’d like to be Ms. Schneider when I grow up.)
As a wine educator, I tried to adopt several books for my ‘Wines of the World’ course. With the abundance of wine books out there, I found that many are too technical, or outdated, or contain too much information (irrelevant in many areas). There was no book that would be well-balanced, written in a straightforward language, with just the right amount of information to generate interest and enhance knowledge. I am so happy there is one now, finally. Wine for Normal People is concise, yet detailed enough to include essential material for each wine region. Elizabeth does a wonderful job of explaining complex subjects in a simple way. My students love her non-pretentious writing style, sincere opinion, the simplicity of the material presentation, and the business angle incorporated into the content. Some students even bought a copy as a Christmas gift for their parents. It’s a fun textbook that does not cost an arm and a leg (for a change!).
Such a great book! Well structured, easy to read, a fount of knowledge for those wanting to know more about wine. No pretentiousness, no snobby nonsense, just simple facts from the most down to earth author! Highly recommended. 5 star recommendation also goes for Elisabeth's podcast.
I love the way the material is presented, it's logical and interesting. You'll gain practical knowledge that will improve your wine tasting, communicating, buying and general understanding in a non-pretentious way.
She speaks in a voice that is pretty much the way I speak. That makes the transfer of knowledge all the more accessible and pleasant. She brilliantly teaches so very comfortably. This book is all I’ll ever need to deepen my love for and appreciation of wine.
If you like Elizabeth’s podcast you will absolutely LOVE this book! I can hear her voice in my head as I read this! Bottom line, if you are interested in learning more about wine this is fantastic way to do it!
I've followed Elizabeth Schneider's podcast for about 8 years now and she is one of the main reasons I made a decision to pursue a profession in the wine trade. Her friendly, easy going style translates so well into book format, it really does feel like a conversation. I highly recommend this book as a reference as well as an interesting and comfortable read.
She pierces the veil on an industry that while fascinating, can be difficult to relate to for the average consumer. A beautiful book with helpful information. A must read for any wine nerd or hobbyist. Perhaps Elizabeth's influence will help change the culture of snobbery (of many, but not all) in the wine industry. This normal wine drinker is grateful.
As a first overview book on wine, this one is really good. I love her writing style, informative, conversational and nerdy mixed together. I highly recommend this book for people looking for more information on world wine and like a conversational, non technical approach.
Two books in one, I loved it! In one aspect, this book plays the role of a fun filled lesson on how to engage with wine. For example, helping you learn vocabulary, styles, pairing, and buying. It is written with a light hearted backbone, providing smiles every few pages, which is a pleasant change to typically stuffy wine books. In another aspect, the book plays a reference role on specific regions and grapes. For example, what to expect from wines coming from the Ribbon Ridge AVA in Oregon. I will certainly review sections when planning wine travel.