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NBC’s “In Wine Country” goes national

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, September 21st, 2007 at 10:27 am in Uncategorized.

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The local NBC-11 weekly show has been picked up for national distribution, and I’m thrilled for them.

Starting Sept. 28, your friends in 210 cities that have NBC affiliate stations can watch host Mary Babbitt (pictured above) tour wineries, meet California’s premier chefs, and get a taste of our state’s zest for gardening and decorating.

Speaking of zest, I went to a taping of “In Wine Country” last night at a private residence in Diablo, and was thoroughly impressed by producer Jeanine Michelle Olsen’s passion for getting the right shots and asking the right questions to get people pumped up about wine.

This particular episode, which will air in February, was a blind tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon ranging from $10-$50 using the Blind Wine game. I’ve blogged about the game, which was created by two Monte Vista High School graduates now living in Martinez and Pleasanton. It’s basically a snazzy kit to throw a complete blind tasting party for up to 12 guests.

However, the first episode to air nationally will be “In Wine Country’s” Golden Grape Awards. The episode, which kicks off the their seventh season, will air here at 9:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 23. Tell your friends outside of Cali to check their local listings, or the web site for more information.

Based in San Jose, the show has been running on a five-person staff all these years, sweeping up eight Emmys and a James Beard award for best local show. Let’s hope this means NBC will beef up their staff. Publicist Meredith Smith calls it the “little show that could.” And I couldn’t agree more.

While they hope to expand their coverage to include other American wine regions, Smith says they have no immediate plans to do so. For the time being, they will focus on California. Represent!

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