Spirit of New Wine
Man has been making wine for thousands of years. Its origins are deeply rooted in Western culture. Yet despite our familiarity with the beverage, there is something mysterious about wine that makes it unique. What intangible elements does wine present that remind us of our own invisible nature? Join Spanish journalist Denise Ingrid Brickel for an unconventional, atypical 3-part documentary that takes viewers on a fascinating journey to the heart of California's wine country. It focuses less on the taste and types of wine, and more on wine's association with cuisine, health, art, nature, friendship, leisure, love, and lifestyle.
Spirit of New Wine Previous Broadcasts
Sweeter Than Wine (Episode #102)
KQED Life: Sun, Dec 27, 2009 -- 12:30 PM
Wine is quickly becoming a part of the U.S. lifestyle. In fact, all 50 states now have bonded wineries. Wine represents the search for roots and traditions that are often amiss in American culture. Denise talks with Peter Marks, Master of Wine and Wine Educator, about the rising presence of wine in American culture. Winemakers Sarah Quider and Aimee Sunseri speak about the special role of women in winemaking, and they reflect on their own involvement in the wine business. Denise and Napa artist and children's writer Jessel Miller discuss the symbolic relationship between wine and aesthetic beauty, while Claudia Sansone, television culinary artist to celebrity chefs, describes the wine country lifestyle and the people who live and love it.
California Bounty (Episode #101)
KQED Life: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 -- 12:30 PM
California Bounty is a fun, fast-paced overview of wine basics and the intimate relationship between wine and cuisine. Denise Ingrid Brickel tastes a variety of California whites and reds and picks up a few practical wine tasting tidbits from Peter Nelson, wine consultant. She learns about the craft of winemaking from Sonoma and Napa vintners Barry Grushkowitz, J.D. Shon, Judd Finklestein and others. She receives some tips about wine and food pairing from chef Kelly MacDonald, and she reviews the multiple health benefits of wine with Cheryl Forberg, nutritional writer and advisor to NBC's The Biggest Loser.