Five kids, three books, three national magazine awards...
one helluva ride so far.
Champagne saber in tote, Tesauro has promoted panache on radio and television from BBC to CNN to SiriusXM Radio while garnering glowing print reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy and Publisher’s Weekly. Leading the charge for conscientious consumption and refined cool, Tesauro created the Smithsonian Institute’s Savvy Epicure course in 2004 and founded The Ritz-Carlton Modern Gentleman Seminar Series in 2005. He hosted TLC's Not Afraid to Ask (2007) and served as Guest Expert on TBS's Trends With Benefits (2011-2012).
When he's not donning an ascot and top hat in the U.S. or London, Tesauro lives in the historic Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia with his wife Amy Lee and their five children.
Numbers you wouldn't have figured about Tesauro
10, number of states he's lived in
38:53, his 2015 Monument Avenue 10k time
6th, his 2015 Xterra Richmond Sprint Triathlon place
3, his # of podium finishes in the VA-WV Croquet Championships
D406,280, his U.S. Design Patent for an ornamental backgammon board
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After earning his BA from Drew University, Tesauro pursued a wine education and affection for Viognier and Nebbiolo. By day, he served for over a decade under winemaker Luca Paschina at Barboursville Vineyards to spread the word of Virginia wine and local bounty. By night, Tesauro co-authored with Phineas Mollod The MODERN GENTLEMAN: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy & Vice (2002), The MODERN LOVER: A Playbook for Suitors, Spouses & Ringless Carousers (2004), and The MODERN GENTLEMAN Second Edition (2011).
A current or past contributor to The New York Times, Esquire, Poetry, Travel+Leisure, Decanter, Tasting Panel, The Somm Journal, Men's Health, Maxim, Match.com and Men's Journal, he’s also penned lifestyle columns regionally for Washingtonian, The Sunday Paper (Atlanta), Richmond Magazine and Virginia Living, earning national magazine awards in 2010 and 2012. Tesauro contributed to the bestselling 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die (Workman Publishing, 2007), as well as Chiles T.A. Larson’s Barboursville Vineyards: Crafting Great Wines Inspired by Spirits of the Past (Zonin, 2008). Winner of Best Food Writing 2016 from DeCapo Press for his piece Bo Bech Discovers the Bounty of Virginia in Travel + Leisure.
Things you mightn't have guessed about Tesauro
Once paid his rent with backgammon winnings
Loves camping, cowboy boots and mountain biking
Can moonwalk pretty well in socks on a hardwood floor
Knows all of the words to Johnny Cash's A Boy Named Sue
Digs a Monkey Gland Cocktail but always forgets what's in it