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.

Celebrity Wine – Drew Bledsoe’s Next Move

Imagine being in your mid-late 30′s, retired and then starting your own winery…. Ahh what a life… Former NE QB Drew Bledsoe is doing exactly that in his hometown of Walla Walla, WA.  The wine is called Doubleback and the bottle looks very sleek and sexy.. It seems that he has 2 types of bottles, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Cabernet 2007 so clearly Drew loves his deep fruity and smokey reds!  Drew’s website - http://www.doubleback.com/

Kyle Stack from espn.com writes all about Beldsoe’s new endeavor (snippets below)  http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/thelife/news/story?id=6243939

“As Bledsoe’s interest in wine swelled during his NFL career, he and his wife, Maura, decided to go all-in. They made that 80-acre purchase for $400,000 and planted 50 acres at $20,000 per acre without a winemaker, label or name. “We took a ready, fire, aim approach initially,” Bledsoe said of the foray initiated by the land purchase.

The decision to start the vineyard in that section of the country comforted Bledsoe. What makes southeastern Washington such good wine country is its terroir (pronounced “tay-wah”) — a combination of the region’s soil, climate and other environmental factors that make it optimal for growing grapes.”

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