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Sunday, June 12 at 10:30 p.m. – Vine Talk

(Rochester, NY) ––– Stanley Tucci brings a love of food, wine, and culture to public television in Vine Talk, airing Sundays at 10:30 p.m., beginning June 12 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).Tucci leads an ever-changing celebrity panel through a blind taste test each week.  The panel sniffs, swirls, and sips 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 theTisch 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.

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.”

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