The Feed reports that in June, a PBS reality show, The Wine Makers, will pit would-be grape-stompers against each other in a Top Cheflike competition. Judging by the trailer, the Top Chef comparison is a bit of a stretch the contestants (a.k.a. sommelplayers?) dont look like the fauxhawk type (though one does sport a biker beard what, they couldnt get Paul Grieco and his soul patch?), and flutes of grape juice just arent going to be as visually stimulating as, say, cyber eggs. Theres an obligatory 3 a.m. surprise wakeup call, but there isnt even a strapping, cocky Aussie winemaker in the mix, or a dour, Sptburgunder-championing German. Maybe Jim Clendenen will at least come on as a judge, rocking the Hawaiian shirt? Or the mercurial Michael Dorf as the Simon Cowell type? Anyway, Double Darestyle races through grape mash are assured!
But you know what wed really love to see? A Top Cheftype show that pits mixologists against each other, blue-blazer fireplay and all. Some of the folks whod be on that show King of Cocktails Dale DeGroff, Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club, Julie Rainer of Flatiron Lounge, Charlotte Voisey of the Eldridge, Dave Wondrich, Gary Reagan, Allen Katz, and others will be mixing drinks at Pranna on May 13, from 7 p.m. till midnight, to celebrate World Cocktail Day. They wont be competing, but the $60 entry fee gets you all the drinks (and snacks) you want, so feel free to play judge.