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The Wine Show

The Wine Show

  • Premiered: 
    April 10, 2016
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  • Network: ITV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Lifestyle
  • Tags: alcohol, wine

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Plot Synopsis

From a beautiful villa in the Italian countryside, Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys set off on a new challenge in every episode of Season 1, exploring different parts of Italy, uncovering some of the best wines the country has to offer, and telling the stories that surround them. They look behind the labels on all kinds of bottles, giving viewers new information about different wines, from those which people drink every day, to the really special, exclusive fine wines. Passionate wine experts Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer skillfully guide the Matthews along the way and also travel to 11 countries on five continents to bring back some exceptional bottles. Joe finds himself in a tight spot in the Loire when he discovers how one winemaker helped the French Resistance during WW2. Viewers also follow him to Chile's Maule Valley to find out how the vineyards coped when they were at the epicenter of the devastating 2010 earthquake. Joe also heads to Shanghai for some very special research. Amelia meanwhile visits Australia to explore the Mornington Peninsula and discovers the German roots of the Barossa Valley. Delivered with warmth and humor, this new look at wine is paired with expert advice, fantastic food and tantalizing travelogue, making it an ideal show to enjoy with a glass or two of something special. THE WINE SHOW had its U.S. linear television debut on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10pm ET on Ovation.

Season 2 of THE WINE SHOW had its U.S. premiere on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on Ovation, as Actor James Purefoy joins Matthew Goode for the second season. From their beautiful new villa in France, Purefoy and Goode set off on a new challenge in every episode, uncovering some of the best wines in the world, and telling the stories that surround them. Back in the UK, Matthew Rhys is in glamorous and historic London St James's on his quest to find gadgets old and new. In addition to tasting the wines brought back from around the globe, Purefoy and Goode 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. But this year, Joe is not judging. Jancis Robinson, the world's most influential wine critic, decides which wines make it to the Wine Show Case. And she is taking no prisoners. Wine expert Amelia Singer returns and sommelier Jaega Wise joins the series. Countries visited this season include the USA, Canada, Georgia, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Bosnia and Germany.
Season 3 of THE WINE SHOW premieres as a streaming exclusive in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, July 29, 2021 on Acorn TV, Sundance Now, as well as the AMC+ premium streaming bundle. Matthew Goode, Matthew Rhys and James Purefoy are joined this season by a new member of the team -- Dominic West, who presides with James at the season's headquarters: the Quinta do Noval in the stunning Douro Valley in Portugal. Goode and Purefoy trek across Portugal to discover the country's best wines, while star sommelier Charlotte Wilde travels to The Azores and answers the question: who really invented sparkling wine, including champagne? Resident wine experts hit the road as Amelia Singer heads across the US (including a look at how urban winemaking and hip hop have found a voice in wine in California and New York) and Fattorini visits Thailand and Germany. In one segment, Fattorini stops in Hungary, a country rich with stories about the health-giving properties of its wines, covering everything from beauty cream to body building. Finally, Rhys and Fattorini lunch at restaurants throughout NYC, to pair wine with varied international cuisines which together represent the city's ethnic diversity. Season 3 episodes include:

Episode 1: James Purefoy, Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys return for a third season, and this time there's a new member of the team -- Dominic West. He joins James at the season's headquarters at Quinta do Noval in the stunning Douro Valley in Portugal. Matthew Goode and James Purefoy are on the Portuguese Road Trip adventure of a lifetime, starting in Lisbon where they discover the surprising culinary link between Portugal and India thanks to the Portuguese Age of the Discoveries. Matthew Rhys is taking Joe to lunch in New York, to pair wine with varied international cuisines which together represent NYC's ethnic diversity. At Russ & Daughters, they share a board of smoked fish and breads. Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer are challenged to create and lead a Wine Tour on the Island of Madeira with just one day to research and prep before their guests arrive. Do they sink or swim?

Episode 2: Matthew Goode & James Purefoy think they've got their second road trip challenge sorted when asked to find a wine that links Portugal and England. But there's a surprise in store. Beginning with a privileged romp around Porto's little secret - The British Factory House, their mission takes them high up into the Douro Valley to meet its next generation of winemakers. In New York, it's tacos in a truck, as Matthew Rhys and Joe Fattorini lunch with some Mexican wine at Zona Rosa. Dominic West joins James at the HQ to taste the wines brought back by Joe Fattorini who has set out to explore the age-old question "Is wine good for you?" To find the answer he's going to Hungary, a country rich with stories about the health-giving properties of its wines. His explorations take him from beauty cream to body building. But do the wines have any effect?

Episode 3: In the Alentejo, Matthew Rhys and James Purefoy must find a wine that relates to modern day space travel. They witness the extraordinary event that is the annual cork harvest, and a wine which makes James cry. In New York, Matthew Rhys takes Joe Fattorini for dim sum and noodles with Chinese wine. At the HQ in Douro Valley, Dominic West and James have their mouths set on fire by Nam Prik and put it out with wines brought by Joe Fattorini, who has been challenged by Thai food expert, Kay Plunkett- Hogge to devise a wine list for her upcoming pop up restaurant in London. He begins his introduction to Thai ingredients and flavors in Bangkok followed by a visit to Thailand's Monsoon Valley Vineyard. Elephants in the vineyard? That's a first for The Wine Show. The day of the pop up arrives and Kay's stuck in another challenge for Joe, in the form of competition from Jaega Wise with her range of fantastic beers. But which do Kay's guests prefer with the Thai cuisine?

Episode 4: This show's road trip sees James Purefoy and Matthew Goode search for a link between Scandinavia and Portugal. It takes them to the 'Venice' of Portugal, Aveiro. There they take a boat trip to find out about the town's history and meet the Confraria do Bacalhau, a brotherhood dedicated to the preservation of all things cod. Wines are supplied by the legendary winemaker Luis Pato. Stateside, Matthew Rhys and Joe Fattorini explore the influence of the Irish on New York City at Molly's Shibeen on Manhattan's Lower East Side. There they enjoy lamb stew and a bottle of claret made by the last of the Irish refugees to flee to Bordeaux in the 18th Century. Dominic West joins James for some bubbles at the HQ in Douro Valley, as Joe and Amelia explore the history of sparkling wine, particularly Champagne, and uncover an uncomfortable truth -- that it was first made by the English.

Episode 5: Matthew Goode and James Purefoy are sent to Braga, the capital of the Vinho Verde wine region in northern Portugal. Matthew climbs the 300 steps to the Bom Jesus church, repenting his sins along the way. They learn about how wine making was integral to the monasteries of the country and taste the glorious wines of the region in the shadow of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the area. Matthew Rhys has a short walk home after dinner with Joe at his local Italian restaurant in Brooklyn -- Noodle Pudding where they have gnocchi, Osso Bucco and an Italian white wine made by Joe Bastianich. Dominic West recounts fond memories of sweet German wine as a teenager, as Joe Fattorini heads to the Rheingau in Germany to find out where it all went wrong for German wine; how it went from being the most expensive in the world to one with a terrible reputation and how it's definitely a country worth looking at again. Along the way he meets Queen Victoria's 4x great grandson and how Victoria was the Kim Kardashian of her day.

Episode 6: Joe Fattorini tells Matthew and James about Dona Antonia Ferreira, the most famous woman in Portuguese wine in the 19th Century. He then sends them to meet a modern-day businesswoman in the Douro, Sophia Bergqvist, where they have a beer as well as wine at the stunning Quinta de la Rosa. Over in New York City, Joe decides Matthew Rhys shouldn't miss out on all the Portuguese fun as they head to O Lavrador, a Portuguese restaurant in Queens. Dominic West and James enjoy some wines they can't believe are made in the city, while Amelia Singer meets a skateboarding wine maker in Santa Rosa, a Capitol Records mogul turned winemaker in Napa, and takes part in a Hip Hop and Wine Podcast in New York, all with legendary sommelier Andre Mack.

Episode 7: In our food and wine special, we share some of the experiences Matthew Goode and James had on the road trip that didn't make the cut in earlier episodes. Anchored by Matthew Rhys and Joe Fattorini at a restaurant in Queens, New York, we also follow Joe Fattorini and sommelier Charlotte Wilde as they explore the roots of four classic Portuguese foods and find the wines that work best with them. From the Azores to Setubal, Alentejo and the beautiful Lisbon coast, this is a truly delicious episode. Charlotte visits the glorious island of Pico where she has a traditional fish stew with a local winemaker. In Setubal, Joe finds yet another unknown gem in the region's sweet Muscat wine and superb Azeitao cheese and a memorable visit to a bakery. Alenteijo's pigs give Charlotte a unique experience as does it's 'talha' or amphorae-aged wines. And on the Lisbon coast, Joe is on an unseasonal hunt for sardines helped by