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Robinson to join Fattorini and sit in judgement on The Wine Show

Published:  24 November, 2017

Veteran wine critic Jancis Robinson is to make an appearance as a presenter in the second series of The Wine Show, which will be broadcast on ITV in January 2018.

Robinson will appear at The Wine Show's new home in the South of France where she decides, as wine judge, which French wines will make it to the Wine Show case.

Under the instruction of the programme’s host, Joe Fattorini, actors Matthew Goode and James Purefoy will be seeking out wines to bring back to the villa for Robinson's approval.

Robinson’s appearance in The Wine Show signals a return to screen projects for the acclaimed wine writer, critic and FT journalist.

“I’m a big admirer of The Wine Show and love the fact that it is introducing a whole new audience to the pleasures of wine,” Robinson told Harpers.

“I’ve been filmed for four or five serious projects in the last few months as well as spending a most enjoyable day and night in the south of France with The Wine Show team,” Robinson said.

Speaking more broadly on the potential of wine communication in the digital age, Robinson said: “I’m delighted to have been made aware of a quite dramatic increase in projects worldwide that are aiming to put wine on the screen - presumably because of the increase in screening possibilities [as] you no longer have to have a commission from a mainstream TV channel or cinema distribution.”

Robinson, who celebrates the 42nd year of her wine writing career, on 1 December, said new screen projects had been part of a year largely spent travelling extensively on the wine road.

During the second series of The Wine Show viewers will see Fattorini in fancy dress while running the The Medoc Marathon with adventure runner Jamie Ramsay. He also heads to Georgia, Canada, Bosnia and San Sebastian in the Basque Country, where his mission is to find wines for that city’s oldest gastronomic society.

However, Fattorini’s biggest challenge will come in California, where he attempts to convince wine-hater comedian Gina Yashere that there is a wine she will like as well as facing up to the test of performing a five-minute set of wine jokes at one of the toughest comedy clubs in Los Angeles.