Gone with the Wine
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|Gone With the Wine|
|Created by||Vertigo Production|
|Starring||Jaakko Saariluoma (host)|
|Country of origin||Finland|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||approx. 0:25 per episode|
|Original release||2006 –|
Gone With the Wine is a comedial lifestyle series produced by Vertigo Production in 2006. TV host, stand-up comedian and actor Jaakko Saariluoma visits some of the most famous wine regions and wine producers in France, Italy and Spain.
The language of the TV series is Finnish, English and Spanish.
In addition, there is a book based on this series and the DVD box set published in 2006. The book was elected the Travel book of the year 2007 by Mondo Magazine.
Episode 1: Tuscany
In the first episode, Jaakko visits the region of Tuscany in Italy, where he wants to find good Chianti red wine. Jaakko meets the daughters of the Antinori noble family, Albiera and Alessia, who guide the man into the secrets of good wine and food. Jaakko also decides to attend a cookery course.
Episode 2: Piedmont
Jaakko visits the Piedmont region of Italy. Jaakko meets a wine guru Angelo Gaja and Finnish Riikka Sukula who, together with her husband Jyrki Sukula, has acquired a winery in Piedmont. Jaakko also goes hunting for truffles.
Episode 3: Veneto
Jaakko visits the native region of the Soave white wine, Veneto in Northern Italy, situated in the middle of Lake Garda, Verona, Venice and the Alps. Jaakko wants to find out how wines that suit his pocket and are reasonably priced yet good quality are made. He meets two of the new generation wine makers, Alberto Zenato and Carlotta Pasqua and learns how to prepare a delicious asparagus risotto.
Episode 4: Champagne and Sparkling Wines
Jaakko visits the wine region of Champagne in Northern France. He wants to know what is so special about the bubbles of Champagne that only sparkling wine made there is allowed to be called champagne. Jaakko also samples sparkling wine in Spain and Italy.
Episode 5: Alsace
Jaakko visits Northern France and the wine region of Alsace, which is famous for its good white wines. He rents a bike and meanders in Alsace from one village to another and one winery to another, sampling excellent white wines.
Episode 6: Languedoc-Roussillon and Rhône
Jaakko visits Southern France and the wine region of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is the world’s largest wine region. He meets Jacques and Francois Lurton. From Languedoc, Jaakko travels to Rhône to find out how winegrowing is done on stony fields.
Episode 7: Barcelona and Catalania
Jaakko visits Barcelona in Spain, the destination of food and wine fanatics’ pilgrimages. Jaakko visits the Torres winery in the home region of Spain’s most famous wine, Sangre de Toro, in the wine region of Penedes.
Episode 8: Rioja and Basque country
Jaakko visits San Sebastian and Rioja in Northern Spain. Jaakko gets to know the tapas bars of San Sebastian and the wines of Rioja.