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 reigns 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.