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NBC Bay Area Raises a Glass to Local Winemakers with New Documentary: America’s Wine Country


A new documentary about Bay Area winemakers who conquered the globe

SAN JOSE, CA – (December 3, 2018) – NBC Bay Area’s Emmy Award-winning series Bay Area Revelations returns this Saturday December 8 at 10 p.m. with America’s Wine Country. The one-hour prime time special takes a look at the Bay Area as one of the most famous wine regions in the world, and how local winemakers have turned an ancient delicacy into a California industry. Click here to watch a preview trailer of America’s Wine Country.

With its mineral-rich soil, along with warm days and cool nights, the Bay Area is considered the perfect place to grow wine, but the local wine industry has withstood more challenges than any wine region in the world. From earthquakes to wildfires, to prohibition and even a plague, viewers will learn how Bay Area winemakers have not only survived, but thrived. Wine Country is home to more than 1,000 wineries and some of the greatest wines ever produced, generating billions of dollars a year.

“America’s Wine Country sheds light on the spirit of innovation of the wine industry in the Bay Area and how it has influenced the region as a whole,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area. “After watching the film we hope viewers will stop and think about the story behind the label the next time they uncork a bottle of local wine.”

America’s Wine Country introduces viewers to some of the growers, innovators and dreamers whose stories shape not only the wine they lovingly craft, but the larger story of wine in the Bay Area. Featured interviews include Warren Winiarski, the founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Rolando Herrera, owner of Mi Sueño Winery, Bo Barrett from Chateau Montelena, Randall Grahm from Bonny Doon, Carolyn Wente from Wente Vineyards, Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards and the family at Gundlach Bundshu.

Bay Area Revelations: America’s Wine Country premieres Saturday December 8 at 10 p.m. after Saturday Night Live. An encore presentation will air Sunday December 23 at 10 p.m.

About Bay Area Revelations

The Bay Area Revelations series tells the untold stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped the Bay Area into the unique region it is today. Previous chapters of the series include Dreamers & Disruptors revealing how Silicon Valley became the center of the information age; The Icons telling the stories of the Bay Area’s most iconic moments, monuments and movements; The Artists exploring Bay Area arts, Passion to Preserve telling the environmental story of the Bay Area; Olympians highlighting the Bay Area’s greatest Olympic athletes; Game Changers profiling some of the most powerful and influential women in the Bay Area; War, Protest and Prosperity highlighting how the military transformed the Bay Area into a global power and Asian American Pioneers tells the story of how the people of Asia profoundly shaped the modern Bay Area. To watch clips from previous Bay Area Revelations episodes, click here.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

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