Matthew Rhys of ‘The Wine Show’ Wednesday on Ovation and ‘The Americans’ Wednesday on FX

Wine lover gets an education

Matthew Rhys of ‘The Wine Show’ Wednesday on Ovation & ‘The Americans’ Wednesday on FX

Q: How did you and your co-host and friend Matthew Goode wind up on “The Wine Show”?

A: Well, Matthew’s brother-in-law, who produces the show, kind of said, “I’m gonna make a show about wine,” and he basically said, “I’m gonna need two monkeys who like wine but know nothing about it.” And Goodie just went, “What about me and Rhys?” And that’s how it kind of came to pass, really. So yes, we enjoy vast quantities of it but know nothing about it.

Q: So this is educating yourselves as well as the viewer, no?

A: You’d hope, although the sad and true fact is that when you kind of start drinking at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 6:30 p.m., there’s very little information you retain that’s of any worth or use.

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Q: That’s where the screeners come in handy.

A: Exactly. I’ve looked and gone, “God, I didn’t know that. I don’t even remember shooting that.”

Q: What useful bits of information have you picked up from doing the show?

A: If in doubt, if you’re going to any kind of occasion or if you’re in any doubt as to what to get, a chianti classico will serve you well – DOCG, one with a black cockerel. That’s a kind of go-to that you can rely on. So if you’re in doubt, if you’re in trouble, bank with a chianti classico. It’ll serve you like an old and trusted friend.

Q: Speaking of friends, how long have you known Matthew Goode?

A: We’ve known each other many years. We’ve known each other a long time. We’d never worked with each other until “Death Comes to Pemberley” and that’s what secured – or destroyed our livers, really. …

I mean listen, he’s incredibly amiable. I challenge anyone not to get on with him, so it makes your job very easy. And he’s never someone without something to say, so you’re never in danger of some dead air on this show. He’s very good at batting the ball back at you across the net.

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George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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