Well maybe I am late to this party but have you heard about the new reality show set to air on PBS September 1st called The Winemakers? You have?
Really, you have?
Well I guess I have been under a rock or something because I was clueless about this until I visited this Paso Robles web site getting a few minor details gathered for an upcoming post on a Sauvignon Blanc from Clayhouse. When I Googled it the only blog I found that mentioned it is Drink The Good Stuff.
From the About The Show section of the website:
THE WINEMAKERS will plunge a diverse group of twelve men and women head first into one of the most uniquely challenging and rewarding professions in the world: the business of making wine.
Over the course of six half-hour episodes, this real-life cast of characters will experience every aspect of the wine industry from the ground up — with one goal in mind — to win the chance to launch their own wine brand.
It is set in Paso Robles and if you are thinking you might want to be on the show they are casting for season 2 now.
I have to admit I am probably going to check this out just to give it a taste (ha, pun intended). Based on the videos on their website it does look interesting and since it is about wine it can't be all that bad can it? I guess it could be - have you seen The Great American Road Trip? Ouch!
I am a bit of a reality show junkie but I only give a reality show one episode to get me interested and hooked. If it doesn't, I move on to something else like re-runs of Full House or something. So The Winemakers gets one shot to make me want to come back.
One of my fears with this show is that it will end up completely downplaying and over simplifying the blood, sweat, tears and soul that winemakers and vineyard owners put into crafting their wines. It seems most things on television and in movies these days get dumbed down so much that the reality goes missing missing from reality TV. Even in movies this is true where, in the interest of supposedly making a movie more interesting or relevent, filmakers take liberties with the truth and mess up a perfectly great story. See Bottle Shock for a wine related example of this.
The Winemakers might be a standout compared to many other "not so reality" shows because it is on PBS. For the most part PBS programming is more genuine and "real" than most.
If you're still reading and want to see a clip from the series, one of 10 on the website, I chose one below that I liked the best.