Produced by Infinity Creative Media, ‘The Wine Show’ first aired last year on ITV. The second series kicks off tomorrow (Friday January 12) at 7pm, and is based in France.
In episode one, presenter Matthew Goode is joined at a Provençal villa by actor James Purefoy. They are tasked by wine expert Joe Fattorini to find a case of wine to match a six course French lunch, cooked by Michelin starred chef Stephane Reynaud.
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 kitchens of the Palme D’Or restaurant in Cannes.
Judging which wines make it to The Wine Show Case is the celebrated wine critic Jancis Robinson MW [Master of Wine], author of wine tomes including ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’, ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ and ‘Wine Grapes’.
Joe is off on his travels too. He joins comedian Gina Yashere in Santa Barbara to learn how a cup of coffee can predict what kind of wine you might like.
Meanwhile, presenter Matthew Rhys is in the UK, reporting on the latest wine gadgets from Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd headquarters in London’s St James’s.
Giving his thoughts on series two, which sees the team travel to the US, Canada, Georgia, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Bosnia and Germany, Joe commented: “We have wine and running, wine and singing, wine and comedy… ‘The Wine Show’ adventures are never quite what you’d expect! But the best bit is still meeting extraordinary winemakers across the world with the remarkable stories they tell us – and then sharing those back at our villa and with our viewers.”
Melanie Jappy, producer of ‘The Wine Show’ and director of programmes for Infinity Creative Media, said: “This new series promises to continue to inspire wine-lovers across the world. Whether you’re a novice, an enthusiastic wine-lover or a wine expert, there’s something for everyone.
“Wine is much more than just a drink: it offers a window into the world we live in today. ‘The Wine Show’ takes us to not only to beautiful places, but helps us understand the human story. And of course, telling that story is a huge amount of fun.”
L-R (back): Matthew Goode, Stéphane Reynaud, James Purefoy.
L-R (front): Joe Fattorini and Jancis Robinson