Wine & Food

Snooth User: jamessulis

Snooth Wine Channel

Posted by jamessulis, Jun 27, 2010.

I know.............this may sound like a pipe dream but one of these days someone is going to start the "Wine Channel".  Think of the possibilities for promoting and increasing sales for many USA wines and wines from all over the world.  It would encompass Wine, Food, Travel, Vineyards, Sales, Gadgets, Contests, Wine holidays all over the world, visits to vineyards, wineries, estates etc.

Instead of watching reruns of Sinefield, Beverly Hillbillys, Game shows and past sports classics my vote would be to watch the Snooth Wine Channel.........brougt to you by Gregory Dal Piaz shown sipping on a glass of Chardonnay from the Snooth booth, saying "Welcome to the wine channel, brought to you by, Snooth your world class wine ambassadors. Today we will be visiting Chateau Ste. Michelle in Northern Washington and interviewing Crosby, Stills and Nash who are giving a concert tonight on the Chateau grounds.  We will start the show right after this commercial announcement from the Walla Walla wine growers association of America.  Todays special guest will be Barbeque King, Bobby Flay.

And I dreamt this up prior to uncorking my favorite Chianti.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest


Reply by dmcker, Jun 27, 2010.

It's hard to know precisely how media will merge over the next decade, but it seems to me Snooth is on the right track here on the Web (with transition to mobile platforms, too). As bandwidth, Snooth content, etc., increases, you'll be able to see the things you mention on the terminal of your choice--whether TV set, desktop or laptop, handheld, what have you--via the Internet and without Philip et al. having to spend big bucks transitioning to cable.

That's how I see it, anyway....

Reply by Philip James, Jun 27, 2010.

Video and mobile are both important, and coming, strategies for us.

Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 30, 2010.

I'd make a good wine host on the Snooth Network! hahaha... i'm a great public speaker and have a bartenders charisma!  ; )

oh... and i LOVE WINE!......  (sorry for the silliness... coffee is kicking in)

Reply by GregT, Jun 30, 2010.

There have been many many proposals over the years for a show devoted to wine, but the problem is making it interesting. 

There's little that is less interesting than watching someone taste and spit and since people have short attention spans, they don't want to hear a lecture on some aspect of winemaking. 

The way it seems to work with food shows these days is you hire an airhead who knows nothing about anything and you have some kind of contest where the airhead, who is usually the dumbest person in the room, gets to be the judge, sort of like American Idol or Iron Chef, or you hire an airhead with dyed blond hair to go and eat and act like a fool, or you hire a jerk to act like a jerk, but eventually you get back to having contests since that's what Americans want to watch these days.  Armed with publicly financed high school educations, the American viewing audience seems to be fascinated by freaks and fearful of complexity, so the way I see a wine show unfolding is having a couple of guys getting smashed while checking out girls at the beach.  That might score some ratings.

Reply by jamessulis, Jun 30, 2010.

Greg T,

Although I have never encountered any proposals you speak of concerning a Wine format TV show not being worthy therefore I couldn't possibly disagree more with most of your statements. There are some solid food shows that are entertaining. Emeril Lagasse for one, Rachael Ray for another. Humor injected into the food shows are acceptable because everyone likes to smile or chuckle. I don't think anyone wants to watch buffoonery.  A Wine show could be very interesting if handled correctly. If you have ever watched the Discovery channel it is far from boring and there are no jerks or airheads on it. I would not expect bikini clad women picking grapes at the winery either. I would like an explanation on when, why and where the grapes were being picked. I sincerely believe there are enough people that would enjoy a well presented wine show because of the subject matter and all its hundred of related components.

I am of the opinion than generalities, negativity or Archie Bunkerisms in the Snooth forums leave no room for constructive conversations  

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 30, 2010.

We're working on it. We have found the airheads at least.

Scroll down to the bottom of Getting to Know Syrah for a sneak peak



Reply by outthere, Jun 30, 2010.

Scroll down to the bottom of Getting to Know Syrah for a sneak peak

Speak to the camera or the audience will fall asleep.  You did pretty well but your partners in crime forgot who the audience was. it's a start though.

Syrahiness? LOL

Reply by jamessulis, Jun 30, 2010.

Bravo, No Airheads, just great real stuff...........!

Wonderful, I downloaded both videos to my real player icon. It's cool watching people taste, savor and comment what is happening live. I plan to watch a few more times. Truly Awesome. I also love the opening Snooth Marquee with the sound.  More., More, More !

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 1, 2010.

i envision a wine show similar to No Reservations, but with ME instead of Bourdain...  : )

traveling to different places, meeting the wine makers and growers.... trying wine.... and opening up an audience to wine from all over.... having a guide take you to a chateau, or bodega... getting to really see in the in's and out's...

i like the tasting video about the differences in syrah's... great job!

Reply by jamessulis, Jul 1, 2010.


Sounds great I would love that format. I would also watch to see some of the scenery at the various Chateau's. Chateau Ste. Michelle also has concerts with great headliners. This year Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Miller Band, Lyle Lovett, Martina McBride, Jackson Brown, Ringo Starr and Steve Martin/with Banjo playing with his band The Steep Canyon Rangers.

I am wishful that it will indeed happen.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by GregT, Jul 1, 2010.

James - Rachel Ray is a good example of what I'm talking about.  Horrid, simple, uninformative.  The line about why there isn't a wine show was given to me by an exec at the Food Network, although I hear they're still exploring some ideas.  But they want "drama" and so we have these lame contests - Chopped, Iron Chef, Gordon Ramsey, etc.  Plus people seem satisfied with mediocrity.

I'd far prefer to watch something where one might learn - Jacques Pepin for example, is a born teacher and his shows are always good.  Except that his daughter lacks his charisma.  Or Lidia - there are no camera tricks to add "excitement" just her cooking, which is sufficient.

But I think you're right - as there are more channels of communication that come along, esp via the Web, there will be some more programming that needn't find a huge audience, but that can satisfy a niche.

If it were me, I'd like to watch, or do a show that focused on fairly dry material, with no camera tricks or yelling hosts or contests.  You're probably right that it would be more appropriate on the Discovery Channel because I'd focus on science and the "how and why" rather than try to create some phony drama with competing personalities or general freaks.  For example, I'd do a show on grafting, why it's done and how, or on planting and row orientation and why I'm using one method as opposed to another, or on chemistry of the soil and the biology of the plant, or a show on barrels and wood and aging and what exactly happens, or on the role of the soil vs the varieties and how they interact.  Probably nobody would watch, but I would.  Tried to do a little education in the bit w Greg, but looking at it later, it didn't really hum that much.  Of course, he didn't allow retakes so there we are!


Reply by jamessulis, Jul 1, 2010.


I agree with you. I also am looking for something that enrich's me and my thirst for wine knowledge.  I am all over the web finding out about various viticultures, chateau's, techniques in wine making etc.  Mindless shows do not intrigue me, contests, chit chat and the like. I am at the beginning stages of learning the various tastes that are in wines. My immediate concern is not being able to discern all of the subtle flavors that are going on but rest assured.....I will learn. Practice, practice, practice.

Thanks for re-posting and explaining your insights on what you would be looking for if and when a Wine Channel comes to light.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by DreamerInTheWind, Jul 2, 2010.

Well.....I have little experience, but as a Newbie to the world of Wines.....I would absolutely love this "channel"! It would make me more educated, without having to sound so inferior! lol

Reply by Tisalynn, Jul 19, 2010.

I know I'm late but just wanted to add...

About 6 months ago Mississippi Public Broadcasting ran an entire week of wine related programs in primetime,three hours each night.

Heaven.  There were shows on the histories of wine and different regions as well as documentaries many aspects of wine culture.  They also ran the entire season of a reality based competition "The Wine Makers".  Did not miss a minute of it.

Also, MPB has a sort of 'sister' channel called "Create" that runs all the great cooking shows like Pepin, Julia, Ming, and Lidia.  I love Lidia's Italy  Her son has done a couple of in-depth episodes of Italian wine and she usually mentions the wines from the region she is exploring.  Second favorite is Simply Ming.  Ming always pairs each dish, and explains why.


Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 20, 2010.

there was a show, not sure if it's still on, called In Wine Country, with Mary Babbit... i think it only broadcasted here in the bay area... i actually met her at a wine tasting... nice woman... but it was only a half hour show, and it was hard to catch any episodes....

they would travel to different places here in northern califonia... visit with wine makers... restaurants... food pairings...

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 20, 2010.

I would love to generate ebough contetn for an actual channel! That would require a few technological advances, human cloning for example. It's definitely the end of a path that we are just beging to embark on, whther that is an actual Snooth channel, or SNooth having so much video contetn that it becomes a defacto channel without all the luggage a channel might have.

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