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Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes



Remember this show? Probably not. It enjoyed a short lived life on Fox as a reality show about Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, producers from American Idol, as they purchase and run a vineyard in Paso Robles, California.

Doing the research for this blog was tedious at best as the show doesn’t really exist anymore, not even Wikipedia has much information on the show. It came into existence in 2006, and faded into obscurity soon thereafter. I tracked down some lost episodes, and I can see why.

For starters, Nigel and Ken call grapes “wine”, asking questions like “what kind of wine is growing over there”. I guess they thought they were entertaining enough to carry the show with them being the center of attention, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. The show doesn’t revolve around the vineyard or winemaking process, it follows them on their crazy and wacky journey to try and become successful vineyard owners.

It is a great idea for a show, but for whatever reason didn’t pan out. Check it out if you can find it lurking out on the Internet somewhere.


  1. Morton Leslie | Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Becoming a successful vineyard owner is more writing checks than a wacky journey. Maybe the reason for its lack of success is that in “reality” the wine business is not as much fun, wild, crazy, wacky, even interesting as one might expect. Even if you try a “Green Acres” approach, you are likely to come up short. Hard to find weird neighbors, bucolic down to earth communities anymore in the wine country. Heck, you don’t even get to own a cow! Easy, though, to find new country gentry next door playing their own version of Green Acres in their black Range Rovers. Maybe the only way to make the wine business entertaining is with pure fiction…like Falcon Crest, Sideways, or Bottle Shock.

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