Brown Bag Wine Tasting

I have been meaning to write about this for some time, but I never really got around to it, but seeing it yesterday on Elaine Brown’s Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews blog yesterday provided enough impetus for me to finally post about it (by the way, if you are not a subscriber to Elaine’s blog, you are really missing the boat).

William Shatner has a wine show on Ora TV called Brown Bag Wine Tasting that is fantastic. The premise of the show is rather straightforward—he and his guest taste a wine blind and he asks the guest to describe the wine to him. The guests range from the modestly famous (Levar Burton) to the rather obscure (a butcher, a cheesemonger, and a pot dealer).brownbagwinetasting_show_card

The shows are all great and I think Captain Kirk is wonderful. There is plenty to celebrate here—there is plenty for the wine geek to love, but it is far from pretentious so as not to alienate the neophyte. If you have not yet checked it out, you should! Each episode is under ten minutes long and each is unique—Shatner does a great job at putting the focus on the guest.

Quality wine programming like this should be supported….

Have you seen the series yet? If so, what do you think? If not, why not?


About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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27 Responses to Brown Bag Wine Tasting

  1. I love Shatner! Haven’t seen or heard of the show, but I will definitely be checking it out now.


  2. Haven’t heard of the series or Ora TV. But I have heard of Shatner. In fact I have some of his “songs” on vinyl. Ever hear those?

    Will try to find these. Sound cool.


  3. wineismylife says:

    I have never heard of this show. Watching one now.


  4. I haven’t seen it yet. I’ll have to check it out!


  5. reijosfood says:

    Not yet in Finland although Netflix and HBO series are available


  6. chef mimi says:

    hmm haven’t heard of the show or Ora. Thanks for the heads up!


  7. Sounds fun! Love Shatner


  8. BerLinda says:

    I love William Shatner 🙂


  9. I’ve never heard of the show either! I always enjoy watching the star of the “Shatner School of Over-Acting.” 😀


  10. Liz says:

    I would be the rather obscure cheesemonger. I don’t know too much about wine even though I would love to learn more!


  11. thevineyardtrail says:

    Thanks for introducing this wine show. I only watched two episodes and would say that it is pretty good….good enough (and short enough) for me to hit the “subscribe” button! I have shared it through your post to our audience as well 🙂
    Take care,
    Miki “This is the Life” Winer


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