Uncorked: Wine Made Simple (2007, 180 minutes, Not Rated) is a set of 3 DVDs narrated by Ted Allen of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy fame. Allen is also the author of The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes, a cookbook for beginners that features easy, all-natural recipes. He serves as the spokesman for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines, is a contributing editor for Esquire Magazine and is a regular judge on Bravo's Top Chef and the Food Network's Iron Chef. That’s a lot of hats to wear!
From its description, this DVD series promises to reveal the mysteries of wine, teach one the basics (such as terminology and proper selection), learn which wines complement different foods and all of the various wine making techniques. Through the show, the viewer travels around the world to a variety of winemaking areas, including California’s Central Coast, Sonoma, France, etc.
This is a fantastic primer on wine and is helpfully divided into 6 episodes of 30 minutes each, making it easy to watch without getting tired or on the treadmill or trainer, as I did. While only several years old, it feels somewhat dated, though much of the scenery and basic wine information will remain timeless and therefore useful. Appropriate for the whole family.
Entertaining, beautiful, and simple. Wine DVDs don’t get much better than that.
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