Build a Wine Wardrobe

Wine Pairing with Leslie SbroccoOne of our favorite ladies in the world of wine is the unstoppable Leslie Sbrocco. Writer, educator, wine judge, Emmy-winning television personality, international speaker and Thirsty Girl founder, we had the pleasure of having Leslie present a wine seminar at our Wine Sisterhood Gathering. Watch a piece of her seminar in our official Gathering video

For those of you who couldn’t be with us in person, we highly recommend Leslie’s book “Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing & Sharing Wine.” Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there’s something for everybody in this sassy little book. We especially love her genius “Design-a-Dinner” ideas which have to be the fastest and easiest way to rustle up a gourmet dinner from pantry staples— with the perfect wine pairings to boot. 

One of our very favorite “Leslie-isms” is how she equates wine varietals to wardrobe essentials in order to help us get have a better understanding of what their styles and just where they might “take” us (Rosé on a picnic? Cab at a high-powered client dinner?)  Now you’re talking our language!

  • Chardonnay/White Burgundy – the “Basic Black” of White Wine
  • Pinot Gringo/Pinot Gris – the “Denim” of White Wine
  • Sauvignon Blanc/Sancerre – the “Crisp White Shirt” Wine
  • Riesling/Gewurztraminer – the “Spring Dresses” of Whites
  • Viognier, Chenin Blanc & Semillon – the “Femmes Fatales” of Whites
  • Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux – the “Classic Suit” Red
  • Merlot/Bordeaux – the “Wrap Me Up In Cashmere” Red
  • Syrah/Shiraz – the “Red-Hot” Red
  • Pinot Noir/Burgundy – the “Seductive Satin” Red
  • Zinfandel – the “Love ‘me Like Leather” Red
  • Rosé – the “Beachwear” Wine
  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine – “Make Mine Sequins & Suede”
  • Dessert Wines – the “Pajamas” of Wine

Which is your favorite piece in your wine wardrobe? We’ll send a copy of “Wine for Women” and other Wine Sisterhood goodies to one lucky wine lover who lets us know!

Post your comment by end of day Thursday, April 19, (11:59 p.m. PST) to be eligible for the book drawing. 


  1. judy seymour

    i am a fb member of wine sisterhood and share with my best friends. i find this quite informative and will use it from now on. i love the descriptions of the different wines, it made me smile. i woulde to have a glass of a good chardonnay or pinot anytime, even better if i’m sharing with a friend, i would love to have a copy wine for women/wine sisterhood goodies to share with my girlfriends!

    2012-04-13T16:35:26+00:00 Reply
  2. Cyndi Bucko

    I LOVE this !!!!!!
    I’m a ” Basic Black ” most of the time .

    2012-04-13T16:36:04+00:00 Reply
  3. Lisa P

    How to pick only one?
    Cab/Bordeaux – Classic Suit
    White Burgundy – Basic Black
    (French) Champagne – Make Mine Sequins & Suede
    Burgundy – Seductive Satin
    Really, how to pick only one? These wines make me feel like – a great pair of jeans, favorite boots, white button down, gold hoops and a strand of pearls. Love ‘em all and can’t go wrong with any of them.

    2012-04-13T16:43:06+00:00 Reply
  4. JoMarch

    Sorry, don’t get it. If I had never tasted these wines, I still wouldn’t know how they tasted or when to drink them. Pinot Grigio = denim? Huh?

    2012-04-13T18:24:12+00:00 Reply
  5. Sara

    The seductive satin! Pinot noir/burgundy

    2012-04-13T18:30:21+00:00 Reply
  6. Regena B

    Zinfandel – the “Love ‘me Like Leather” Red

    2012-04-13T19:07:28+00:00 Reply
  7. Kathy B

    Loving the “Spring Dress Rieslings” right now with our beautiful spring weather!

    2012-04-13T19:11:02+00:00 Reply
  8. nancy

    I am a basic black, crisp white shirt and denim girl, alternately……but I do love me the Classic Red Suit as well….this is a fun way to look at wines, Love it!!!

    2012-04-13T21:00:33+00:00 Reply
  9. kath

    Red Hot Red is my favorite! Classic Suit and Wrap Me Up in Cashmere Red are my after work go tos!
    Such a fun and interesting way to think about wine!!!!!

    2012-04-13T22:25:45+00:00 Reply
  10. nancy

    “Make Mine Sequins and Suede!”

    2012-04-16T17:56:48+00:00 Reply
  11. Phan

    Love the wine wardrobe! I alternate through just about all of them, but am absolutely a Denim Diva and a Seductive Satin Siren!

    2012-04-16T18:06:48+00:00 Reply
  12. Dinah Pistole-Bivens

    I am all of them at different times but if I had to pick just one, well I can’t! I do love my denim, I am make mine
    sequin & suede, and I love the seductive satin red!

    2012-04-16T19:09:07+00:00 Reply
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    2012-04-17T16:23:22+00:00 Reply
  14. Lisa H.

    Spring dresses by day………. wrap me in cashmir for evening xo!

    2012-04-18T15:04:49+00:00 Reply
  15. Melinda

    The “Denim of White Wine” That’s for me anytime!!

    2012-04-19T17:54:34+00:00 Reply

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