The Wine Show
When we started thinking about how to make a show about wine, we knew two things: it was going to be a challenge and it was going to be great fun. We’re glad to say that the challenge forced us to think of wine in what we hope is a really new and fresh way, and the fun… well, hopefully you can see how much everyone enjoyed making the series.
Each show follows the same broad shape, with Matthew and Matthew welcoming Joe back from his travels at the Torre de Sol on the D’Amico wine estate on the Lazio/Umbria border in Italy. Joe and Amelia visited 11 countries between them, and our special correspondent chef, Gizzi Erskine, was lucky enough to travel to the Napa Valley and Arizona.
It’s not all laughs though. The subjects we look at can be serious too. From immigration and the persecution of the Lutherans who fled to Australia, to the heroism of winemakers in World War 2 and the realities of climate change, we’ve tried to look at the world through wine and tell stories about the world we live in today, and how wine has been part of our history.
Matthew Rhys’s favourite section was the gadgets and we really enjoyed seeing what our 12 incredibly talented chefs chose to cook with their favourite wine.
You can find out more about Matt and Matt’s trip round Italy here, where Joe challenges them to find wines to fill a case which represents the spirit of Italy.
We end each show with another film from a far-flung wine land and a final tasting with Matt and Matt.
As a film crew we managed to chalk up nearly a million miles in the air and rented 70 cars on five continents. The only continent we didn’t visit was Antarctica, but if someone decides to do something fun with wine there it would be great to cross that one off the list in the next series…
There are 12 original episodes in this series of The Wine Show (check them out here) and a finale featuring all the best bits for our thirteenth programme. We really hope you enjoy watching it and being here with us on our website as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.
The Wine Show is back for a second season and this time we’re based in the glorious South of France. Matthew Goode (The Crown, The Goode Wife, Roots, Matchpoint) is joined at the sun-drenched Provençal villa by, actor James Purefoy (Rome, The Following, Altered Carbon, Hap and Leonard).
In addition to tasting the wines brought back from around the globe, they are tasked by Joe Fattorini to find a case of wine to match a six course French lunch cooked by Michelin starred chef, Stephane Reynaud. But this year, Joe is not judging. Jancis Robinson, the world’s most influential wine critic, decides which wines make it to the Wine Show Case. And she is taking no prisoners…
Matthew and James journey all over southern France to find their wines. Their mission involves kayaking and caving in the Ardeche, rounding up bulls on horseback in the Camargue, baking in Lyon and even cooking their own lunch in the sweltering kitchens of the legendary Palme D’Or restaurant in Cannes.
And our old friend Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters, Burnt, The Papers) is also busy. He’s back in the UK exploring gadgets old and new in the glorious setting of 17 th century Berry Brothers & Rudd in London’s St James’s.
Joe Fattorini leads the team of wine experts, travelling the globe. Countries visited this season include the USA, Canada, Georgia, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Bosnia and Germany.
Amelia Singer and Joe find out how the local sheriff is helping with the labour shortage in
Mendocino county, new presenter Jaega Wise heads to Japan to learn about Sake. Jaega also joins Joe in a very festive Munich to find out why that city can lay claim to being just as much a wine destination as a beer mecca. New wine region British Columbia, Canada gets a visit from Joe and Amelia too. The Medoc Marathon is run by Joe Fattorini with adventure runner Jamie Ramsay – in fancy dress.
Joe heads to Georgia to find out if this country’s claim to be the cradle of wine is true.
He’s in Bosnia to find out how winemaking is healing wounds in a war torn and still fragile country and visits San Sebastian in Spain on a mission to find wines for that city’s oldest gastronomic society.
But Joe’s biggest challenge is in the first show where he heads to California to try and convince wine-hater comedian Gina Yashere (The Daily Show) that there is a wine she will like. But Gina has a surprise of her own…and Joe has 24 hours to perfect a five-minute set of wine jokes which he must perform at the toughest comedy club in Los Angeles.
The last show in the series is The Wine Show Food & Wine Special. Matthew Goode and James Purefoy introduce six of the world’s great sommelier and chef partnerships. In their restaurants around the world, they create some inspiring wine and food pairings. We visit the legendary Pied de Terre on London’s Charlotte Street, new sensation Single Thread Farm in California, the unique Bubbledogs Kitchen Table in London, Bel Canto in Lisbon, the stunning Lime Wood in Hampshire and the ground-breaking Dairy in Clapham, South London. We’ll also be revisiting some of the highlights of Matt and James’s journey round France.