Wine has never been a big hit on television, if only because it’s not all that exciting to watch a bunch of people drink wine. Unless you’re drinking it with them, of course.
Having said that, there’s a new PBS series, Vine Talk, and it seems to have some oomph behind it — hosted by Stanley Tucci with big-name celebrity guests. Still, while it has delved into regional wine (rieslings from the Finger Lakes, for which it is to be commended), the episode I saw was more interesting for John Lithgow’s discussion of slow cooker cuisine than the wine stuff. The wine the group liked best was a Silver Oak cabernet; how difficult is it to like a $100 wine? And how many people watching, even on PBS, are going to race out to buy a $100 wine?
Which led me to wonder: Would anyone want to watch the Wine Curmudgeon and assorted guests taste $10 wine and talk about it? Granted, I’m no Lithgow (or Tucci, for that matter), but the wine talk might be more interesting. At the very least, we could spill some wine on ourselves and get a few laughs.
Something to ponder. Any thoughts are welcome.