Mad Men Spill The Wine

Mad Men finally used my idea about a wine client!  It’s a scenario I made into an Xtranormal cartoon in 2010 and someone must have seen it because they picked up the idea in the very next season.

Sure, my idea was about Gallo because I’m California centric and I thought the Italian stereotype was perfect for the mid-60s milieu. But producer Matthew Weiner chose Manischewitz as the client, setting up conflicts about the acceptance of Jewish culture by WASPs, with Roger surreptitiously chasing Manischewitz with help from the only Jews he knows, young Ginsberg and his soon-to-be ex-wife, and he recruits her at the cost of a new apartment.

mad men spill the wine, tastingroomconfidential.comIn Wiener’s plot, Manischewitz is trying to reinvent their image of a sweet, syrupy grape juice maker to the producer of a diverse portfolio of table wines. So 60s. Back then, wine was made sweeter because sweet was what Americans liked in wine, a foreign beverage they were still learning to appreciate.

Still, the cultural divide is an enticing theme and I can’t wait to see the wine tasting scenes where Roger cracks, “hints of intellectuality with a bagel-like finish.”


Wine blog awards, tastingroomconfidential.comOn another note of self-congratulation, I now ask you, dear readers, to nominate Tasting Room Confidential for a 2012 Wine Blog Award. This award honors the best wine bloggers – usually the same every year – and will given at the annual Wine Bloggers Conference,  August 17-19 in Portland, Oregon.

I would so love it if you went to the Wine Blog Awards to nominate Tasting Room Confidential as: Best Overall Wine Blog (gotta think big), as well as Best Writing on a Wine Blog, and Best Blog Post of the Year for Where The Wild Wines Are. I don’t expect to win – up against the likes of One Wine Dude and Fermentation – but I’m dying to hear my blogs’ name announced with amplification. Wine blog writing is such a thankless task that being voted up by my readers and considered by the judges would put more than a little topping on my typing. Don’t wait, vote now!

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Happy Victoria Day, Canada!

Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

2 thoughts on “Mad Men Spill The Wine

  • May 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This is a cute cartoon and interesting how they picked up the idea.
    By the way I did a blog about the New Zealand wine fest. we attended and I put a link to this blog there. Hope it brings you more traffic.

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