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James Purefoy on the joys of ‘The Wine Show’ and why he cried over a glass of red (exclusive)

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James Purefoy on the joys of 'The Wine Show' and why he cried over a glass of red (exclusive)

James Purefoy didn’t think he’d ever get excited about wine. But at the end of a grueling day of filming season 3 of The wine show On the outskirts of Portugal, Purefoy found herself crying for the first time after having a glass of chimères red wine. “The producers were delighted to make sure the camera operators were really getting a good close-up of my tears,” he recalled, laughing at the memory.

A combination of factors led to that rare moment of vulnerability, which was preceded by an arduous day spent in 40 degree Celsius heat with cork harvesters – workers who train for years to learn how to remove bark from trees in minutes to make wine cork. . “This guy shows up with this wine, and it’s not cheap, this wine. I’d been waiting in the hot sun for a couple of hours with a bottle that was open. So when it went down my throat, it was already a little hot. It was setting by the end of the day, the sun was setting, I was tired. I was a little excited and suddenly it was like I was drinking the nectar of the gods, “said the 57-year-old. the old actor recalled during a recent Zoom interview. “It was incredible.”

In the new season of The wine show, Purefoy returns to expand his knowledge of amateur wine alongside celebrity friends Matthew Goode and Dominic West, the latter a last minute addition due to Matthew Rhys scheduling challenges for filming. Perry Mason. (Rhys, instead, spends the season learning about New York City’s food and wine culture.) While the series is intended to informally inform viewers about the world’s wines, it is the group’s often entertaining interactions, sometimes drinks with wine, that elevate the show to a different level. And it’s an excuse for Purefoy and his friends to indulge. Only a little.

“One of the best things about Dominic is that he will jump into something. Once he agrees and decides to do it, there’s no stopping him and he really jumped right into it,” Purefoy said. One of his favorite West moments during the making of the show involved a very actor identity crisis – and then a delayed flight, a delusional early morning wake-up call and a big barrel of grapes.

“We were in this really fancy fifth in the Douro Valley and he came down for breakfast and said, ‘Okay, okay, what is this all about?’ He’s never done anything like this before, like I’ve never done anything where you talk to the camera or where you’re just yourself. The actors are themselves, it’s a scary prospect, “Purefoy recounted. “We sit down to explain it and at the end of breakfast he says, ‘Something I don’t quite understand. So who am I?’ And we say, ‘You, Dom.’ My God, my God. He had no idea how to do that, it terrified him. “

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“The day goes on. He’s there for the tasting section and I tell him, ‘Be careful tasting the wines,’ because if you keep swallowing, it will quickly become incomprehensible.” After a morning of tasting 16 wines (“I could see he was very interested, he didn’t hold back”), followed by a great lunch with samples from the local port, an afternoon tasting another 16 wines, and a dinner with the producers, at the end . of the day, things were a little lively, “Purefoy said. The growers then suggested that he and West participate in the leg pressing process.

“I went in first and I could hear Dom coming in behind me, but when I turned around, I couldn’t see him. I couldn’t see him anywhere. I was the only one there. And then all of a sudden I came out of the wine. [he appeared]. He had dived in and came up on his head holding these great bunches of grapes in his hands and, like Dionysus himself, he roars: “I am wine!” Just grapes dripping down his face, “he said with a smile.” I’m pretty sure it’s on the show. “

Although Rhys spent his time in America, he is joined by a wine connoisseur and Wine show Favorite Joe Fattorini. (Purefoy revealed that there is hope of filming a special with Rhys on horseback in Albania in the future.) The new season also features a winemaker, Sophia Bergqvist, who has been making wine since the 1980s and whose white wine Purefoy chose as one of her favorites this season. And if they are lucky enough to get a fourth season, he would like to invite friends like British actress Indira Varma to join them.

Purefoy may still be a hobbyist when it comes to wine knowledge, but he has learned a thing or two in two seasons doing The wine show (a concert that “would definitely do for free”). “The perfect glass of wine is always next,” he said.

“There are two things that really interest us in the show. One of them is, we just found out, ‘Does that wine give you pleasure?’ That’s really the bottom line. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, not how fancy it is, or how expensive it is. I really liked a bottle of wine that I buy from my local supermarket for seven pounds, as much pleasure as I would with a Petrus or something really expensive, “Purefoy said. “And pay attention to the wine. Just respect it a bit. Sniff it, walk around the glass. Take a sip now, then let it sit for an hour and see what it’s like once the air has warmed up. And suddenly you start. to notice that tremendously different things happen to the wine when you open the bottle. And it gives me great joy to discover that about something. “

Watch an exclusive clip from season 3 of The wine show below.

Season 3 of The wine show premieres exclusively in the US and Canada Thursday, July 29 on SundanceNow, AMC + and Acorn TV.

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