Anyone watch this show? It is usually co-hosted by actor Stanley Tucci, with the aid of a pair of wine experts. The rest of the panel is 3-4 other celebrities, usually one actor, one musician, and one chef/restauranteur. The performers don't necessarily know the first thing about wine. The discussion of the wine itself is predictably obtuse (a "sincere" wine?- and no, someone wasn't mispronouncing Sancerre) but there ARE things to be learned. The episode with Nora Ephron and John Lithgow had an interesting discussion about cooking for oneself. On another, Nathan Lane had a great throwaway line about Pinot envy that I'd like to believe was an adlib and not something he'd been waiting to use. I'll cop to thinking that a great deal of the wine to-do is emperor's new clothes folly, like Maximilian Riedel's assertion that every type of wine requires a different glass.
Yesterday Joe Bastianich was one of the guests, and opined that wine glass charms should be banished, without explaining his reasoning. He was condescending to the actress seated next to him. She said she was able to enjoy run-of-the-mill wines and was therefore not keen to learn a whole lot more, since it would ruin the ordinary wines for her. He stated that the au courant viewpoint that people should drink what they enjoy without regard to quality or pairings is a load of %*&#. Enjoy a cheap wine, whatever, but there are people who know good wine from bad, and he is one of them. That's surely true, but there are also people who know good manners from bad, and he is NOT one of THEM.