It's a Reality: Winemakers To Compete in TV Show

 


It was going to happen at some point. 
 
Going the way of gourmet cooking, world traveling, dessert making and millionaire dating, the winemaking world has become the focus of a forthcoming reality television show called “Best Bottle”, according to a story this past week in Oregon Wine Press. 
 
The show will follow contestants/aspiring winemakers as they try to win the grand prize of the show:$100,000 in cash and other prizes such as bottling a vintage of wine with a predetermined wine company.
 
According to the Oregon Wine Press, the competition's first season has already been filmed. It took place at Oregon's Lange Estate Winery.
 
Reporter Neil Zawicki wrote that the show's first seasons included American competitiors, but that other seasons will have aspiring winemakers from the Old World and New World. 
 
“Season one contestants will be guided by established winemakers from Oregon and California – future seasons will include competitors from Australia, Germany, France and New Zealand.”
 
Warner Bros. Studios representative Chris Owen met with the show's creators in 2014. They said the show is all about educating people who may not know about all the grit, grime and dirty work that go into producing a drinkable bottle of wine. 
 
The show will also give home viewers the opportunity to watch expert wine mentors offer their advice to competitors, interactions that are sure to educate and surprise the casual wine drinker. 
Jesse and Don Lange, the father-son duo who oversee Lange Estate, will act as mentors for the first sesason of competition. 
 
The younger Lange was quoted as saying he wants to be able to tie what he and his father have done back to the land because, simply put, that's where the vines grow. He also said his winery's focus on Pinot Noir will shed even more light on how difficult the winemakers task can be. 
 
Also important to the narrative of the reality show will be the stress of the harvest. The younger Lange mentioned harvest time is when things get “real,” alluding to an argument he had with his father at 2 a.m. in front of an entire team of harvest help. 
 
As for the contestants themselves, the show's creators said each person fighting for the prize had to pass a certain set of criteria. 
 
“Winemaking is a very long and complicated algorithm,” Jesse Lange said.
 
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