Amy Poehler Has a Lot to Say About Wine
And of course it’s all funny.
Amy Poehler has been making the rounds talking about her new film Wine Country, which she not only directs but also costars in with Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and Paula Pell. This best cast ever plays a group of longtime friends who gather for a weekend in Napa to celebrate Dratch’s character’s 50th birthday, and there is, by all reports, a great deal of wine drinking.
So of course, given that and the fact that, a few months ago, she opened a wine store in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with two musician pals of hers, Poehler has been asked a lot of questions about wine of late.
Here are a few things we’ve learned. (Thematic through-line: She is not a wine snob.)
1- She leans towards whites rather than reds – although not always -- and doesn’t go for the super-pricey stuffy. [Brooklyn Eagle]
2- Her favorite time to drink is “Middle of a hot day, when I’m outside.” [Parade]
3- She apparently keeps up with the trends and is thus aware that a) “Rose all day” is a thing, saying, “I think it’s great! These young people can rebound really fast, so let’s kick it up a notch … Make it rosé all week,” and boxed wines are in, marveling, “Things that used to be lame got cool, and things that used to be cool are now lame.” [New York Post]
5- She doesn’t know much about wine, but maintains that all you need to do to get by when you taste wine is to describe it “confidently” and “stay really vague.” Examples: “Well, she has an interesting story,” “Oh, this one’s shy,” and “Now, oh, this one tastes like recent history.” [The Tonight Show]
Such great advice, that last one, and co-star Rachel Dratch seems to have learned that lesson as well. When Stephen Colbert poured her a glass of wine when she appeared on The Late Show, she sniffed it, sipped it and said, “She packs a wallop.”
Ditto co-star Ana Gasteyer, who mused thus about wine tasting to Eater: “I inherently find pretentious speech funny. … So when people start talking about ‘minerality’ and ‘notes,’ I think of how Dratch once joked, ‘I have notes of affluence and white privilege.’”