Prime Time Tipple: Wine-loving Characters on TV


This isn’t the first time we talk about wine in relation to cinema and TV on this blog. Previously we’ve posted about movies and shows where wine plays a starring role.

Today we’re taking a look at characters from successful TV shows and their connection to wine. You’ve probably thought of someone by now!

Angela Channing (Falcon Crest)

Let’s start with a classic. The Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman played Angela Channing on the legendary American soap Falcon Crest. Similar shows like Dallas or Dynasty might have been bigger hits in the US, but Falcon Crest did very well in Spain, where the villain, driven by her love for vineyards and her desire to maintain control over the family business, is remembered to this day. Clearly she always had the best wine at her fingertips, but power is what she really loved about it.

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

Scandal celebrated its finale in April 2018 after six years on the air and seven seasons in which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) always had a deep connection to wine. She not only liked it, but—in a life constantly exposed to the darkest secrets of Washington DC—she used it as a remedy, even a “weapon,” to get what she wanted. A curious detail: Pope always sipped from long-stemmed glasses.

Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)

Truth be told, all members of TV’s most “modern” family (minus the children) are into wine. Family reunions, friendly get-togethers, social events…the main characters always end up with a glass of wine to celebrate an occasion or alleviate distress. Pictured above, Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) proves that wine can be enjoyed anywhere, even in the laundry room.

Penny (The Big Bang Theory)

The show’s characters live in California, a wine state, and Penny (Kaley Cuoco), the female lead, truly loves white wine.  In fact, it is such a defining character trait, we even know her favorite variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

If we’re going to talk about TV shows, we have to mention GOT, touted as “the best show in history” even before the release of its final episode. In Game of Thrones, wine is almost like another character, especially when it comes to the Lannisters. Rarely do we see Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) or his sister Cersei (Lena Headey) without a goblet in hand. And let’s not forget that a cup of poisoned wine brought about one of the most dramatic deaths in the entire show. 

We’ll leave it at that to avoid any spoilers, but, did you notice these characters’ fondness for wine? Can you think of any others who would sign up for one of our tastings in a heartbeat?

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