Joe Fattorini
Speaker Profile

Wine expert, television and radio presenter, writer

Watch the trailer for the second series of The Wine Show here.

Joe is known around the world as "Obi Wine Kenobi", the expert presenter on The Wine Show. But if you’ve enjoyed wine somewhere between Wick and Whitstable in the UK, Joe was probably involved too as he's one of the UK's leading wine merchants. Today Joe guides 250 million viewers in 107 countries through The Wine Show alongside co-presenters, actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys. The Guardian has described him as “the Attenborough of Oddbins”. 

Before joining The Wine Show, Joe was director of sales at Bibendum Wine Ltd selling to over 1,700 of London’s top hotels, restaurants and bars. Across his career Joe wrote about wine for 14 years as the weekly wine correspondent for The Herald Newspaper. And he spent years talking about it to audiences of wine-loving golfers across the USA as wine consultant to the US PGA Tour. In 2017, Joe won both the International Wine Challenge ‘Personality of the Year’ and the international Wine and Spirits Competitions ‘Wine Communicator of the Year’. He was also the highest placed media figure in the annual 100 Most Influential People in Wine by Drinks Retailing News. Today he is roughly one third of the man he used to be. Early in his career he lost six stone and now balances the food and wine that comes with his job by competing in Ironman triathlons. He has first hand - if somewhat unscientific - expertise on weight loss.

What the audience can expect
Joe is a highly sought after and accomplished speaker and before each event, resolves to turn his audience into wine experts. Joe was a fixture on the US PGA Tour and hosted evenings that mixed expert discussion with anecdotes from his life in wine that left audiences feeling they had been to a comedy show. In fact, he performed stand-up comedy in May 2017 at the legendary Ha Ha Comedy Café in North Hollywood. Joe regularly does events for corporations, food and wine festivals, hotels and restaurants. He has hosted charity events and themed dinners including a memorable vertical wine tasting of Francis Ford Coppola’s wines in Las Vegas! He is also just as happy on a smaller scale for more intimate events. 

Languages
Joe presents in English.

Quotes

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

Further information
To find out what Joe Fattorini could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.