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Uncorked: Wine Made Simple
Uncorked Wine Made Simple
Actor: Ted Allen
Director: Kevin Whelan
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2007     3hr 0min

Hosted by acclaimed wine and food expert Ted Allen (Top Chef Judge), this beautiful DVD series reveals the mysteries of wine. Learn the basics of wine, such as terminology and proper selection. Discover wines that compleme...  more »

     
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Actor: Ted Allen
Director: Kevin Whelan
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Adirondack Pictures
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/28/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An Entertaining Introduction to Wine
Brain Velucci | Brooklyn, NY | 03/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a fantastic introduction to the world of wine. It's divided into six episodes, each covering wine from a different region. Each episode is 30 minutes, so you're not getting a ton of depth here, but that's not really the idea. It's a very broad, relatively simple introduction to wine and the world of wine drinking, and it's just informative enough to be entertaining for both the novice and the afficionado.

The first episode is a general introduction to the world of wine, and would make a great setpiece on its own. It's a brief overview of wine drinkers and producers, and is a fitting gateway into the rest of the series. Later episodes cover the Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Central Coast (of California), and France. I would have liked to see less California and more exploration of old-world wine regions, but that's just personal preference. Spending three hours with Ted talking about California and France is pretty great as it is.

It's not without its pretentious side, but let's be honest, it's a show about wine. Of course it's going to be somewhat pretentious. While most things are explained well, there are sometimes terms or concepts that are tossed about that might seem a little obtuse to the novice oenophile. This was most apparent in the first episode, owing I think to how little time it has to cover so much ground. Later episodes have more room to breathe. The second episode in particular is a lot of fun, giving a great history of the Paris wine tasting that put California on the map.

There's a lot of beautiful imagery and a lot of really great information. If you want an easy way to start learning about wine, or if you already love wine and want to bask in an undemanding journey through California and France, consider picking this up. I guarantee that you'll be anxious to head down to your local wine shop and pick up a few bottles.

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Worth a taste!
Giraffe | 11/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love wine and wine culture, and this series is terrific. Ted Allen provides a witty and far-from-boring narration. The footage, especially of Napa and France, is beautiful.

Bonus features add even more -- Volume 1 includes a segment with Paul Roberts, Wine Director at the famed French Laundry in Napa about how to pair wine and food."
An Excellent Overview of Wine
HCP | New York | 10/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This series is a great intro and overview of wine. For me, it made the seemingly complex world of wine and wine appreciation fun and very accessible. I'm a fan of Ted Allen's from Iron Chef and Queer Eye and he has the right mix of knowledge and humor that really made this a fun and great series. I'm giving it to my friends who love wine or want to learn more..."