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Character, a New Web series from Penfolds, Explores the Connections Between Culture, Celebrity and Wine With a New Webisode Featuring Chris Noth

Character is a fresh look at wine as popular culture. Filmed in upscale restaurants across America and hosted by former Interview Magazine editor and cultural commentator Glenn O'Brien, the program invites arts & entertainment celebrities to try celebrated vintages and new releases along with a live audience.

Napa, CA (PRWEB) July 18, 2007 -- Penfolds and chief winemaker Peter Gago want to invite you to partake in a new discussion on wine and popular culture.

Character is a fresh look at wine and popular culture that is being filmed in upscale restaurants across America. Hosted by former Interview Magazine editor and cultural commentator Glenn O'Brien, the program invites arts & entertainment celebrities to try our celebrated vintages and new releases along with a live audience.

Joining Glenn for the first episode are his New York artist friends Philip Taaffe and Donald Sultan; episode two features Law and Order's Chris Noth, and on July 19th Penfolds Wine Maker Peter Gago will be answering questions from a virtual audience across America for a special live web cast episode. In the weeks running up to the web cast, wine fans will be able to post their questions and topic suggestions for Peter, and personally talk to him on the night via an Instant Messenger function at PenfoldsVIP.com.

The first episode of Character was filmed in New York at Nicole Farhi's restaurant Nicole's, with a live audience who enjoyed Penfolds library vintages and new releases along with Glenn and his famous guests who shared personal stories about their careers and wine anecdotes, from their first bottle to their last memorable one.

This is the first time Philip and Donald appeared together to discuss their work and deliberate on all things from viticulture to pop culture, while enjoying a few glasses of vintage wine. Philip and Donald said they're not wine experts, having shared a few bottles with them, Glenn said "they're expert winos, it's going to be a fun show."

While both are abstract artists who reference nature in their work, Donald and Philip's individual styles of painting are very different. Philip uses a variety of techniques to convey tightly controlled rhythmic images while Donald uses bold forms and blocks of color, which may explain their different approaches to wine; Philip has a carefully considered appreciation whereas Donald's is more spontaneous and free flowing. Wine fans will see how this informs their approach to drinking.

Similarly, with Chris Noth, Glenn is looking forward to a conversation with someone who expresses himself for a living and is adept at talking about wine in an emotive, intuitive way, just as you might discuss a person, a picture, or a story, which will make it more accessible and entertaining for a sophisticated audience who don't necessarily have the traditional wine lexicon.

Since his tenure at Interview Magazine, Glenn has interviewed some of the most iconic people in popular culture, including Madonna, Malcolm McLaren, Tony Bennett, Perry Farrell, John Lennon and Andy Warhol. A wine aficionado, Glenn takes the same approach to wine as he does to art and culture: it shouldn't need elaborate explanation for you to enjoy the experience - what you think and feel is what matters most, not what the critics say.

On why he accepted the role of host, Glenn said, "I write about pop culture and I like wine, I don't know of an alternative out there that presents wine as popular culture, this is something I would enjoy watching."

Glenn and his guests will be joined by Matt Lane, Penfolds resident wine expert, who will also be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

We at Penfolds are proud to bring this original, creative offering in the food & wine category, and we hope you will watch the show. You can now view the first two episodes of Character at www.PenfoldsVIP.com.

 

 
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