The Wine Show sees the series’ main presenters and enthusiastic wine novices, actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys, take us on a fresh, informative and entertaining journey into wine, looking behind the labels on all kinds of bottles, from the wine we enjoy every day with our dinner to the really, really good stuff.
From their villa in the Italian countryside, the two Matts are set a new challenge every week that sees them explore different parts of Italy, uncovering some of the best wines the country has to offer as well as the stories that surround them.
Joining them on their entertaining journey of education are the show’s passionate expert wine contributors – Joe Fattorini and myself – who skilfully guide them along the way, along with food expert and chef Gizzi Erskine.
The series production team travelled to twelve different countries on six continents to bring back great wine stories and host twelve of the world’s leading chefs, tasked with cooking the perfect meal to accompany their favourite wine. As they prepare and cook, we learn about these masters of cuisine, why they love their chosen bottle and the tastes that drive their dish.
I really hope you enjoy watching the series as much as I did filming it. My favourite moments of the entire series would have to be doing a port tasting on a boat travelling through the Douro Valley, having a ‘mulled wine-off’ in Megève, France against Joe and hanging out with the world’s most tattooed winemaker, Col McBryde of Some Young Punks. Oh, and who could forget the moment when Matthew Goode spilt red wine down his shirt and had to strip off during filming. That definitely was a highlight!
The Wine Show starts on Sunday on ITV4 and is repeated on ITV every Saturday afternoon. For more information visit www.thewineshow.com.