The Wine Show: a new series on ITV

The Wine Show: a new series on ITV

by Amelia Singer 07 April 2016

Wine expert Amelia Singer introduces us to The Wine Show, a new series that sheds light on the sometimes mystical world of wine.

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Amelia is a WSET Diploma-trained wine expert and the founder of events business Amelia's Wine. She has experience of working on vineyards all over the world, and appears on ITV's The Wine Show.

Amelia is a WSET Diploma-trained wine expert and the founder of events business Amelia's Wine. She has experience of working on vineyards all over the world, and appears on ITV's The Wine Show.

The Wine Show sees the series’ main presenters and enthusiastic wine novices, actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys, take us on a fresh, informative and entertaining journey into wine, looking behind the labels on all kinds of bottles, from the wine we enjoy every day with our dinner to the really, really good stuff.

From their villa in the Italian countryside, the two Matts are set a new challenge every week that sees them explore different parts of Italy, uncovering some of the best wines the country has to offer as well as the stories that surround them.

Joining them on their entertaining journey of education are the show’s passionate expert wine contributors – Joe Fattorini and myself – who skilfully guide them along the way, along with food expert and chef Gizzi Erskine.

The series production team travelled to twelve different countries on six continents to bring back great wine stories and host twelve of the world’s leading chefs, tasked with cooking the perfect meal to accompany their favourite wine. As they prepare and cook, we learn about these masters of cuisine, why they love their chosen bottle and the tastes that drive their dish.

I really hope you enjoy watching the series as much as I did filming it. My favourite moments of the entire series would have to be doing a port tasting on a boat travelling through the Douro Valley, having a ‘mulled wine-off’ in Megève, France against Joe and hanging out with the world’s most tattooed winemaker, Col McBryde of Some Young Punks. Oh, and who could forget the moment when Matthew Goode spilt red wine down his shirt and had to strip off during filming. That definitely was a highlight!

The Wine Show starts on Sunday on ITV4 and is repeated on ITV every Saturday afternoon. For more information visit

Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys
Actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys might be wine novices, but they're keen to learn
Amelia and Joe
Joe Fattorini and Amelia will be offering their expert guidance to viewers throughout the series

Amelia's top tips for a complete wine novice

  1. Never order the second cheapest wine – it is bound to be the wine where the restaurant makes the biggest margin and therefore will be the worst value for money. If money is an issue stick to the house white or red. That should always be a safe and consistent bet!

  2. If you can’t decide what to order in a restaurant, ask to try a sip of the wines that are offered by the glass. The bottles will be open and the waiter will be delighted that someone is paying that much attention to the wine list. You will be able to try before you buy and know exactly what you are getting.

  3. If you are at a dinner party where someone asks you what you think of the wine and you have no clue, just say ‘it has great legs’. The legs (or tears) of the wine are the droplets or streaks of water that form on the inside of a wine glass as you move the wine around. Legs don’t really mean anything apart from being a slight reference to the alcohol level in the wine. Therefore, you can never be wrong mentioning them!

  4. Some red wines are fantastic served chilled – if they are young, fruity and have low tannins (i.e. you don’t get a drying sensation on your palate when you drink it), try popping the bottle in the fridge for an hour before serving. This should emphasise the fruity flavours and aromas.

  5. Unfortunately, when it comes to buying a wine, prices do matter to a certain extent. When it comes to cheap wine you’re paying a disproportionate amount on the bottle, the transport, the warehousing and the tax; if you spend slightly more money you get a much better wine. In the UK, duty and fixed costs on a £5 bottle means that less than 50p is allocated on the wine, however, with a £10 bottle, £2.87 goes on the wine, and with a £20 bottle you enjoy closer to £7 spent on the wine. At a certain price point however, you start paying for rarity, not necessarily quality.