Virtual Tastings

It’s always nice to know what to taste in a wine, how to properly taste, descriptive wine words etc. However, through text it sometimes sounds all the same and confusing, which is why more and more bloggers/experts are starting to go virtual with their wine tastings making it more interactive and experiential for YOU!  I’ve seen great examples and platforms of this in WineLibraryTV (now DailyGrape.com), Snooth.com, and of course VineTalk which is an actual TV show!  Below is a scheduled virtual tasting of the Frei Brothers Reserve that you can enjoy even if your not in the market to make a trip to Wine Country anytime soon, here you’ll be able to expereince coast-to-coast toasting and tasting!  Snooth.com periodically host’s these virtual interviews which is a great way to learn the speak of wine!  Check the brother’s out on April 20th at 9pm EST.  They even give you a link to buy the wines to join in!!  Cheers!

Frei Brothers Reserve

Airs on April 20 2011 at 9:00 PM est

From Frei Ranch in Healdsburg, Calif., Viticulturist Jim Collins joins Greg in New York City for a taste of Frei Brothers Reserve’s exceptional wines. Tune in to discover how the winery’s sustainable winemaking practices—like habitat preservation and repurposed rainwater—translate to award-winning Sonoma County vintages that help preserve the very land on which they’re grown. RSVP now for this true Coast-to-Coast Toast to Earth Day!

Go here to purchase wines for the tasting and to find out how to save 15% off your order. You can also get free shipping by entering the code EARTH DAY at checkout. Place your order by Monday, April 11th (East Coast) or Thursday, April 14th (West Coast) to ensure your wine arrives in time for the tasting.

Read more: http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/frei-brothers-reserve/#ixzz1JdYyEPj6

Vine Talk Airs Tonight!

Don’t forget… Vine Talk airs tonight!  See all listings below!  Take a look at Vine Talk’s Facebook page for more details!

*Please note, additional stations/cities are still in the process of being scheduled. The list below reflects current confirmed dates, but since it is always changing, please be sure to also check your local listings to see when Vine Talk will be airing in your area!

  • KVCR / San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles area—check with service provider): Mondays at 10:00 PM PT beginning April 11
  • KVCR / San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles area—check with service provider): Thursdays at 10:00 PM PT (on secondary channel 18) beginning April 14
  • KVCR / San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles area—check with service provider): Fridays at 3:00 AM PT (on secondary channel 18) beginning April 15
  • CPT / Denver, CO: Fridays at 4:30 PM MT beginning April 8
  • CPT / Denver, CO: Saturdays at 3:30 AM MT beginning April 9
  • KRMA / Denver, CO: Saturdays at 1:30 PM MT beginning April 9
  • WDSC / Daytona Beach, FL (Orlando area): Sundays at 5:30 PM ET beginning April 3
  • WDSC / Daytona Beach, FL (Orlando area): Thursdays at 7:30 PM ET beginning April 14
  • WGCU / Fort Myers, FL: No day/time yet (on Encore channel) beginning in May
  • WPBT / Miami, FL: Saturdays at 4:30 PM PT beginning April 9
  • WLRN / Miami, FL: Saturdays at 2:30 PM ET beginning April 16
  • WLRN / Miami, FL: Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET beginning April 21
  • WLRN / Miami, FL: Fridays at 2:30 AM ET beginning April 22
  • WEDU / Tampa, FL: Saturdays at 3:00 PM ET beginning April 16
  • WPBA / Atlanta, GA: Mondays at 12:30 AM ET beginning April 4
  • WSEC / Springfield, IL: Saturdays at 2:00 PM CT beginning in April
  • WFYI / Indianapolis, IN: Saturdays at 3:30 PM ET beginning April 30
  • KTWU / Topeka, KS: Saturdays at 5:30 PM CT beginning April 9
  • WGBH / Boston, MA: Saturdays at 1:00 PM ET beginning April 9
  • WGBX / Boston, MA: Sundays at 3:00 PM ET beginning April 10
  • WCMU / Mount Pleasant, MI: Saturdays at 4:00 PM ET beginning April 16
  • WGVU / Grand Rapids, MI: Saturdays at 2:30 PM ET beginning in May
  • MPB / Jackson, MS: Sundays at 12:00 PM CT beginning April 10
  • KNPB / Reno, NV: Saturdays at 1:30 PM PT beginning April 23
  • WMHT / Albany, NY: Saturdays at 3:00 PM ET beginning April 16
  • WNET / New York, NY: Thursdays at 10:30 PM ET beginning April 7
  • WNET / New York, NY: Sundays at 3:30 PM ET beginning April 10
  • WLIW / New York, NY: Mondays at 8:30 PM ET beginning April 11
  • WLIW / New York, NY: Saturdays at 11:30 PM ET beginning April 16
  • WCNY / Syracuse, NY: Thursdays at 9:30 PM ET beginning May 19
  • WMHT / Troy, NY (Albany area): : Saturdays at 3:00 PM ET beginning April 16
  • WPBS / Watertown, NY (Eastern Ontario area): Saturdays at 4:00 PM ET beginning April 9
  • WNEO / Kent, OH (Akron-Canton area and most of Cleveland area): Sundays at 1:30 PM ET beginning April 24
  • WITF / Harrisburg, PA: Saturdays at 11:30 AM ET beginning April 23
  • RIPBS / Providence, RI: Saturdays at 8:30 AM ET (on secondary channel LEARN) beginning April 16
  • RIPBS / Providence, RI: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM ET beginning in June/July
  • KLRU / Austin, TX: Tuesdays at 10:30 PM CT beginning April 5
  • KERA / Dallas, TX: Saturdays at 2:30 PM CT beginning April 23
  • KLRN / San Antonio, TX: Fridays at 1:30 PM CT (on WORLD channel) beginning April 8
  • KUED / Salt Lake City, UT: Saturdays at 3:00 PM MT beginning April 9
  • WETA / Arlington, VA (Washington, DC): Fridays at 8:30 PM ET (on Create) beginning April 8
  • WETA / Arlington, VA (Washington, DC area): Saturdays at 2:30 AM ET (on Create) beginning April 9
  • WHTJ / Charlottesville, VA: Saturdays at 5:00 PM ET beginning April 30
  • WCVE / Richmond, VA: Saturdays at 5:00 PM ET beginning April 30
  • KBTC / Tacoma, WA (Seattle area): Mondays at 10:00 PM PT beginning April 18
  • KBTC / Tacoma, WA (Seattle area): Tuesdays at 3:00 AM PT beginning April 19

Stanley Tucci blends Wine and Celebrities – “Vine Talk” Oh My!

How amazing does this sound.  Blind wine tastings, celebrities and NYC all hosted by the acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci (Devil Wears Prada)!  This is an amazing concept and a really fun way to learn about the magic of wine.  I mean what better way to learn about wine then through your favorite celebrities who are just as clueless as us (not all but some may be).  I can’t wait to tune in!  I love it, I absolutely love it! Vine Talk premieres Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) on THIRTEEN and Monday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on WLIW21. Preview below (Penn Badgely is the celeb taster in the first episode)!

Academy Award® Nominated Actor Stanley Tucci Hosts A Celebrity Panel While They Discover Their Favorite Wines

NEW YORK, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Stanley Tucci brings his love of food, wine, and culture to public television in VINE TALK this April (check local listings). In New York, the half-hour episodic series premieres Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 p.m. (ET)on THIRTEEN and Monday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on WLIW21. Tucci will lead an ever-changing celebrity panel through a blind taste test each week. The panel will sniff, swirl, and sip wines as they talk about their current projects and of course wine. Each week, a different wine region from around the world serves as the inspiration for a lively and engaging conversation.

Taped live at The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, an eclectic group of over 40 celebrities and celebrity chefs blindly pick their favorite wine from each show’s offerings and compare their choice with that of a studio audience tasting. Featured celebrities in the first season include John Lithgow, Jennifer Coolidge, Patricia Clarkson, Penn Badgely, Rosie Perez,Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and the irrepressible Nathan Lane.

Breaking the mold of past wine-related television series, VINE TALK strives to dramatically increase the excitement and comfort surrounding the selection and drinking of wine. Actor, writer, director and long-standing foodie Stanley Tucci takes the reins of this new type of lifestyle program designed to attract a wide range of viewers. “It has not taken long to determine that most anyone can come together, enjoy almost any type of wine, engage in compelling conversation–and even pick up good basic wine education in the process,” says Tucci.

Food & Wine‘s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle serves as VINE TALK‘s primary wine expert. Isle along with a rotating group of experienced sommeliers, are on hand to answer celebrity and studio audience questions about the wines and the region they come from. Food & Wine is a marketing partner on the inaugural series. Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit Corkscrew and a full line of wine and bar accessories has signed on as one of the show’s initial corporate underwriters.

VINE TALK‘s creator Bruce Marcus is a long-time public television producer. Marcus created the show because he felt the current wine television offerings featured beautiful landscapes, but didn’t create excitement or interest except to a small viewing audience. “I created VINE TALK because the subject of wine is unapproachable for many people. What we’ve created is a comfortable and welcoming environment – for both the celebrities in the studio and the audience at home.”

Check with your local public television station for broadcast schedule. VINE TALK can be found on Facebook as well as on Twitter @VINETALK.

VINE TALK is a production of Jersey Wooly Productions, Inc., co-produced by OLIVE Productions, Inc. and WLIW21 in association with WNET New York Public Media – one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. U.S. public television distribution by American Public Television (APT). Executive Producers: Bruce Marcus, Joseph Locarro, Wren Arthur, Steve Buscemi, and Stanley Tucci. Director: Joseph Locarro. Distributor: American Public Television (APT).

About WNET New York Public Media

WNET New York Public Media is a pioneering provider of television and web content. The parent of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET brings such acclaimed broadcast series and websites as Tavis SmileyNeed To KnowNature,Great PerformancesAmerican MastersCharlie RoseSecrets of the DeadReligion & Ethics NewsweeklyVisionsConsuelo Mack WealthTrackAngelina Ballerina: The Next Steps and Cyberchase to national and international audiences. Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects. In all that it does, WNET pursues a single, overarching goal – to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. For more information, visit www.wnet.org.

About APT

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2010, APT distributed nearly half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves’ Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project.

About OLIVE Productions

In 2008, Tucci partnered with his friend for more than 20 years, Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur to form OLIVE Productions, aNew York based film and television company. One of OLIVE’s mandates is to cast a wide net when developing film and television material, with a portion of the projects to be earmarked for Stanley and Steve to direct. OLIVE is a co-producer of VINE TALK, and additionally has other TV shows in development at HBO and AMC.

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