Valhalla, NY, Dec. 27th, 2018 – Wine Enthusiast Media is pleased to announce the launch of It Starts With Wine, an original series premiering on Amazon Prime Video January 4th, 2019. The episodic series travels the globe and follows the world’s best winemakers, growers, producers and personalities, along with prominent chefs and celebrities, to offer viewers an inside look at the people, locations, cuisines and cultures that surround the wine lifestyle.
The groundbreaking cinematic series debuts with three episodes that travel internationally while finding strong roots in Northern California wine country. Episode I features famed chef and restaurateur Francis Mallmann, with acclaimed “flying winemaker” Alberto Antonini, set against the beautiful backdrop of Uruguay and one of the country’s premier wineries, Bodega Garzon.
Episode II of It Starts With Wine follows doctor / vintner Laura Catena from her San Francisco emergency room to her family’s Argentine Winery. Catena is joined by musician, chef and television presenter Deborah De Corral on a visit to Bodega Catena Zapata. Founded in 1902, Catena is known for bringing traditional European winemaking methods to South America.
Episode III travels to California’s Mendocino County to look at organic and biodynamic viticulture with Joseph Brinkley, Vineyard Director at Bonterra Organic Vineyards. Brinkley is paired with renowned entrepreneur and chef Garrett Sathre, and together, the two enjoy the fruits of California’s natural beauty and bounty, and explore the delicious simplicity of elemental food.
“We felt that the best way to convey these stories was in episodic fashion,” says Jay Spaleta, Executive Producer and Wine Enthusiast SVP. “Wine Enthusiast has long been an innovator in wine information, reviews and content, this is the next bold step in that content leadership.”
“It Starts With Wine is a docuseries that tells a personal story and shares deep insights in a way that is very approachable, engaging and revealing,” continues Spaleta.
Wine Enthusiast Media will be simultaneously releasing episodes I, II and III for viewers binge-watching pleasure. The series will be available on Amazon Prime Video in North America and Vimeo’s On Demand premium video service globally.
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Wine Enthusiast Media creates innovative long and short-format content in the wine, spirits, travel and lifestyle categories. Wine Enthusiast Media is the production division of Wine Enthusiast Companies founded in 1979, and publisher of Wine Enthusiast magazine.