Winemaking and Reality Television: a most unusual pairing

048ec4aa29e54e5a8bb5d338322dfb58Later this month, PBS debuts The Wine Makers. Airing nationwide during California Wine Month, the show takes 12 contestants to Paso Robles along the Central Coast (the wine-growing region seen in the movie Sideways), where they compete in a series of wine-making elimination rounds. They work the harvest, the crush, staff a wine tasting bar, and demonstrate their wine smarts in a Q&A round. The last wine maker standing wins the opportunity to launch a wine label with 150,000 bottle production.

The Wine Makers’ producers recruited a group of contestants that seem to be a cut above the typical reality TV cast. There’s a school teacher who is also a master gardener, a couple of attorneys, and a certified sommelier. About half of the contestants have some industry experience as wine retail and wholesale business owners, wine buyers and consultants. Still, the show promises plenty of the standard reality television melodrama, replete with tears, tantrums, and backstabbing.

By the time the show airs, local distributors and retailers will be stocking the winner’s wine which The Wine Makers website describes as:

a California produced, Rhone Valley inspired, red wine. Color: Mid to deep red with soft violet hues. Fresh, bright and crisp in color. Aroma: Lovely soft red/blue fruit mélange with gobs of underlying spice and pepper. Deep latent black fruits with hints of oaky vanilla, white pepper and violets. Palate: Medium entry with tight, young fruit tannin supporting the red fruit palate with firm, almost lively crisp acidity to finish.”

Casting has already begun for Season II of The Wine Makers, when the show moves to France’s Rhone Valley.

Check with your local PBS affiliate station for air times and schedules.

Related Posts

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Is it appropriate conversation for the dinner table? Then it should be fine.

Web Analytics