16 Dec ‘Cork Screwed’ goes international
Niagara-set wine show to air in New Zealand
New Zealand audiences will soon get a taste of Niagara wine country when Cork Screwed makes its debut in Kiwi country.
The Canadian TV show, created by Ralph deGroote and Patrick Gagliardi, shines a light on Niagara’s wine country, following along as the two men learn all about wine. In 11 episodes, spread across two seasons that originally aired on Bell FibeTV1, deGroot and Gagliardi visit wineries and vineyards across Niagara, speaking directly to the people who grow grapes and make wine. No question is off limits.
The co-hosts opted to produce the show themselves so they could re-license it once their exclusivity with FibeTV expired. The first bite so far is a TV station in New Zealand. The pair announced the good news at a premiere party for season two held at PondView Estate Winery.
Their basic approach to wine, Gagliardi said, is what makes the show so accessible to people — regardless of where the viewers live.
“We don’t have a lot of the pretentiousness that’s typically associated with wine,” he said. “There’s no ego involved. We don’t pretend to know anything we don’t know, in fact it’s the opposite. We ask those simple questions many people want to know but are afraid to ask.”
In addition to visits to wineries across Niagara, the production has also teamed up with Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) to share the science behind wine.
“It’s a wonderful relationship,” said Britt Dixon, communications officer with CCOVI. “The fact that we can educate people on wine industry research in a way that’s fun and accessible is great.”
While she admits the show is quite niche at the moment, she said it’s opened up the doors for CCOVI to partner with deGroot and Gagliardi on other events. Having the show shared with other markets, like New Zealand, is a big boost for all involved.
“There is such great work being done here and to have that added reach is just amazing. It’s a wonderful way to get our work out there.”
For more information on the show, visit corkscrewedtv.com.
by Melinda Cheevers Niagara This Week – St. Catharines