New TV wine show

Television has historically been reluctant to do wine shows, probably because of sensitivities to do with being seen to promote alcohol. We don’t often get a TV series on wine and it’s been a long time between drinks, so it’s with some interest that I’ll be watching Brisbane wine writer Tyson Stelzer’s (pictured above) first foray into TV, “People of the Vines”.

It starts this Saturday. The first episode screens nationally on free-to-air Channel 10, at 1pm. It’s a 22-minute program, not including ads. The first series was shot in Tasmania, and Episode One deals with six wineries in the north of the state. The scene-stealers are the delightful Fran Austin and Shane Holloway of Delamere (tastings) and the charismatic Natalie Fryar of Jansz (tastings).

The program will screen on six consecutive Saturdays, from November 1 to December 6.

Stelzer plans to shoot a second series in the Barossa next year.

It’s worth tuning in. To get around the inconvenient screening time (and skip the ads), set your recording gear. 

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