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The Winemakers

Blending Challenge (#106)

The finalists begin the process of making their wine and are judged by a team of super tasters. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Following in the tradition of hit reality series such as Bravo's Top Chef, THE WINEMAKERS follows 12 men and women from all walks of life as they vie for a chance to create and launch their own wine label. Set in California's wine country, THE WINEMAKERS takes viewers inside the making of one of the world's most storied beverages. The contestants plunge head-first into one of the most challenging yet rewarding (and often romanticized) professions to experience every aspect of wine making - from viticulture and enology to sales and marketing. A seasoned panel of top winemakers, educators, columnists and culinary celebrities oversee the true-to-life challenges the prospective wine-makers would face in the real world. Can the aspiring vintners learn new skills quickly? Do they have enough drive and dedication? In the end, the judges decide who advances to the next set of challenges and who goes home.

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  • Harvest Challenge (#101)

    Contestants in California work around the clock picking grapes, cleaning tanks and making wine. [26 minutes]

  • Table Top Display (#102)

    The contestants develop tabletop presentations to showcase their ability to communicate about wine. [26 minutes]

  • Can You Sell It? (#103)

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  • Food and Wine Pairing Challenge (#104)

    The teams are given an hour to find the right wines to pair with a challenging three course menu. [27 minutes]

  • Marketing and Label Design (#105)

    The contestants must establish a wine style and create a label, branding image and a business plan. [27 minutes]

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