Joe is one of the world's best-known wine experts, familiar from ITV's The Wine Show, a second series thirteen-part television series broadcast in over 100 countries which he presented alongside the actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys. Joe's performance was described in The Guardian as 'a revelation...Simultaneously knowledgeable and awestruck, Fattorini managed to turn the climax to a throwaway ten-minute segment on Napoleon's favourite booze into a genuinely compelling piece of television.'
In 2017, he won both the International Wine Challenge "Personality of the Year" and the International Wine and Spirits Competition "Wine Communicator of the Year". He was the highest-placed media figure in the annual "100 Most Influential People in Wine" by Drinks Retailing News - ranking above leading industry figures. This is the latest achievement in an extensive and varied career in wine, during which Joe has served as Director of Sales at Bibendum Ltd., written the (still) industry standard textbook Managing Wine and Wine Sales , and taught at Strathclyde University as the Sir Hugh Wontner Lecturer!
What the audience can expect
Joe doesn't just do "wine dinners". He's a captivating speaker who blends expert knowledge with an engaging, humorous style to create an unforgettable evening around the subject of wine. In the UK, he is celebrated for corporate dinners where he resolves to turn his audience into wine experts. In the USA, Joe was a fixture on the US PGA Tour and Tournament Players Club network for evenings that mixed expert discussion with anecdotes from his life in wine that left audiences feeling they had been to a comedy show.
Joe regularly does events for corporations, food and wine festivals, hotels and restaurants. He has hosted charity events and themed dinners (one memorable evening revolved around a vertical tasting of Francis Ford Coppola's wines in Las Vegas), run "tasting table" events and just entertaining evenings where everyone leaves more confident choosing a bottle of wine. Joe is also happy to run more small-scale, intimate events - he recently led, for example, a unique evening for a party of four high-net wine-lovers in Canada.
Joe presents in English.
The UK's finest - and funniest - wine speaker. Joe made me fall off my perch laughing. Pure brilliance.
Liam Dunn, Sales Director, Forth Wines
Joe has been a regular fixture at our Queens Tennis Club wine events over a number of years. Without doubt, he rather than the wine has been the bigger draw and where we have received the most comments. His style, connection to the audience which is a big mix of ages, never fails to engage, entertain and inform. We wouldn't run our events without him.
Oliver Black, Managing Director, My Family Care
What a fantastic evening/event. We have been running this client event for approximately 5 years and I have to say, this is the best one by far which is all thanks to Joe Fattorini who is a fantastic entertainer and wine expert - clients found him really engaging. I'm not really sure how we are going to top this for next year - we may have to bring Joe back again!
Lisa Sanders, PA and organiser of client events, CBRE
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the events last week...you really held the night together and everyone loved you!
Lindsey Arnall, FWD Marketing
I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads about wine. You’d expect him to know his world wines, their origin, production process, background, and how to savour them (which he certainly did). Yet he was down to earth, relaxed and chatty in his delivery. He regaled us with amusing anecdotes about his travels drinking wines around the globe and topical encounters with the rich and famous. Informative, insightful and funny.
Martin Muirhead, Senior Partner, Kingston Smith LLP
To find out what Joe Fattorini could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.