Wine television show featuring Brock’s CCOVI comes to YouTube

In case you missed it the first time around, season one of the wine television show CorkScrewedTV, featuring scientists from Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), will now be available on YouTube.

Created by Brock graduate Patrick Gagliardi (BA ‘13) and Ralph deGroot, the show takes a fun and light-hearted approach to teaching viewers — and the hosts themselves — about the Niagara grape and wine industry.

The first episode will be available to watch for free beginning Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The remaining 12 episodes will be released on the channel one at a time, every other day.

Creators say that the show, which originally aired on Bell Fibe TV, will be available to Canadians on YouTube for at least as long as the country is required to stay at home as a result of COVID-19.

“Ralph and I, like everyone, are feeling the effects of COVID-19 and often reference the fun and educational times we had while producing CorkScrewedTV,” says Gagliardi. “If this brought our lives a little bit of joy and normalcy, we thought we should share it with all Canadians in hopes they will feel the same.”

The creators credit the help of CCOVI researchers in bringing the show to fruition, saying they provide each episode with a scientific perspective and explanation to questions and processes about the grape and wine industry. CCOVI senior scientists Jim Willwerth and Belinda Kemp are featured in every episode, while CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis introduced the show’s hosts to the institute and the expansive wine cellar located in Brock’s Inniskillin Hall.

“Without CCOVI, there would be no show,” says Gagliardi. “Viewers get to know the institute’s hard-working scientists and researchers along the journey, who are one of the key elements to making our show accessible for all to watch and enjoy, with no previous wine experience required.”

The show also enlisted the help of several other Brock alumni, including camera operators Jade Robertson (BA ’16) and Adrian Dudziak (BA ’10), and media manager Taylor Zajdlik (BA ’15, MA ’17).

Episodes of the series will be available on the CorkScrewedTV website and corresponding YouTube channel.

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