Vine Talk

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.1  (26)

Vine Talk was a television show that premiered in 2011 and aired for two seasons. The show was produced by MCB Media/Keleon Studios and starred Stanley Tucci as the host and Ray Isle as the wine expert. The show was a talk show, but it focused on wine and the culture surrounding it.

Each episode of Vine Talk began with Tucci introducing the theme of the show and the panel of celebrity guests who would be joining him and Isle. The panel was always made up of actors, writers, comedians, and other public figures who had an interest in wine. The guests were chosen to represent different levels of wine knowledge, from experts to novices, to bring a diverse range of perspectives to the discussion.

Once the panel was introduced, Isle would lead the group through a tasting of several wines that were selected to fit the theme of the show. The guests would taste the wines, and Isle would explain the characteristics of each wine, where it was from, and the history behind it. Isle's knowledge about wine was extensive and impressive, and he was able to convey his expertise in a way that was accessible to everyone.

As the guests tasted the wines, they would discuss their thoughts and opinions about each one. Tucci would ask questions to prompt the discussion and keep the conversation flowing. The guests would talk about the flavors, aromas, and textures of the wine, as well as the cultural context surrounding it.

The theme of the show varied for each episode, but some of the topics included "Wines from Italy," "Wines for Grilling," and "Holiday Wines." The wines that were selected for each episode were carefully chosen to fit the theme and to provide a range of tastes and styles for the panel to explore.

One of the unique aspects of Vine Talk was the blind tasting segment. During each episode, Isle would select a mystery wine and ask the guests to taste it without knowing anything about it. The blind tasting allowed the guests to focus purely on the taste and aromas of the wine without any preconceptions or biases. Once the wine was revealed, the guests would discuss their thoughts and reactions to the reveal.

Vine Talk was not just a show about wine; it was a show that celebrated wine culture. Each episode highlighted different aspects of the wine world, from the vineyards where the grapes were grown to the history and traditions behind each wine. The show was a reminder that wine is about more than just the liquid in the bottle; it's about the stories and people that make it.

The production value of Vine Talk was high, and the set was designed to resemble a cozy wine bar. The lighting was warm, and the furnishings were comfortable, creating an atmosphere that was inviting and casual. Tucci was an excellent host, and his charm and humor added to the show's engaging and enjoyable vibe.

Overall, Vine Talk was a unique and refreshing take on the talk show format. It brought wine culture to the mainstream, making it accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge. The show was entertaining, informative, and a lot of fun to watch. Sadly, the show only lasted two seasons, but it remains a beloved cult classic amongst wine enthusiasts.

Vine Talk is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on March 31, 2011.

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Italy, Tuscany-Chianti
13. Italy, Tuscany-Chianti
June 23, 2011
Guests Stephen J. Dubner, Tommy Tune and Gail Simmons discuss their latest projects and taste wines from the Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy, including, Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico Riserva and Marchesi de'Frescobaldi Nipozzano.
California, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
12. California, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
June 16, 2011
Guests Zachary Quinto, Restaurateur Danny Meyer and Beth Shak discuss their latest projects and taste wines from California's Sonoma Coast: La Follette Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyards and Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
Australia, Barossa Shiraz
11. Australia, Barossa Shiraz
June 9, 2011
Guests Rosie Perez, Stephen Flaherty and Maximillian Riedel discuss their latest projects and taste wines from Australia's Barossa Valley including Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz Barossa and Barossa Valley Estates E Minor Shiraz.
France, Bordeaux-Left Bank
10. France, Bordeaux-Left Bank
June 2, 2011
Guests Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Patricia Clarkson, Warren Leight and Michael Shannon discuss their latest projects and taste wines and L'Aura de Cambon Margaux.
Spain, Rioja
9. Spain, Rioja
May 26, 2011
Guests Aidan Quinn, Nanette Lepore and Chef Amanda Freitag discuss their latest projects and taste Riojas from Spain including La Rioja Alta Vi
Oregon, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
8. Oregon, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
May 19, 2011
Guests Joe Bastianich, Steve Buscemi and Emily Bergl discuss their latest projects and taste wines from Oregon's Willamette Valley region, including Domain Drouhin Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Boedecker "Stewart" Pinot Noir.
France, Loire Valley Savignon Blanc
7. France, Loire Valley Savignon Blanc
May 12, 2011
Guests Gay Talese, Cheyanne Jackson, Chef Joey Campanaro discuss their latest projects and taste Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire Valley in Frane, including Pascal Cotat "Les Monts Damne?s" Sancerre and Noel Bougrier "Les Auvrays" Sancerre.
California, Paso Robles Zinfandel
6. California, Paso Robles Zinfandel
May 5, 2011
Guests Ron Darling, Chef Tim Love, Phillip Quint discuss their latest projects and taste wines from the Paso Robles region of California, including Turley Wine Cellars, Pesenti Zinfandel and Victor Hugo Winery Estate Zinfandel.
Argentina, Mendoza Malbec
5. Argentina, Mendoza Malbec
April 28, 2011
Guests Cady Huffman, Poez/Paul Mills and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian discuss their projects and taste wines from Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina's wine country: Belasco de Baquedano's Llama Old Vine Malbec and Famiglia Zuccardi Q Malbec.
Washington, Columbia Valley Chardonnay
4. Washington, Columbia Valley Chardonnay
April 21, 2011
Guests Jennifer Coolidge, Maestro Alan Gilbert, Chef Steven Raichlen discuss their latest projects and taste Chardonnays from Washington State's Columbia Valley: Efeste "Lola" Chardonnay 2009 and Januik Winery Cold Creek Chardonnay.
France, Burgundy-Cotes de Nult
3. France, Burgundy-Cotes de Nult
April 14, 2011
Guests Chef Lidia Bastianich, Mario Cantone and John Benjamin Hickey discuss their latest projects and taste wines from France's Burgundy region, including Vosne Romanee from Domaine Dominique Mugneret.
New York, Finger Lakes Riesling
2. New York, Finger Lakes Riesling
April 7, 2011
Guests Nathan Lane, Harolyn Blackwell and Chef Alfred Portale discuss their latest projects and taste wines from New York's Finger Lakes region: Thirsty Owl Wine Company Dry Riesling 2009 and Chateau LaFayette Reneau Riesling Semi Dry 2009.
California, Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet
1. California, Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet
March 31, 2011
Guests John Lithgow, Nora Ephron, S. Epatha Merkerson and Chef Jonathan Waxman discuss their latest projects and taste wines from Napa Valley, including Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvingon and Atalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Where to Watch Vine Talk
Vine Talk is available for streaming on the MCB Media/Keleon Studios website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Vine Talk on demand at Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 31, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (26)