The “wino” has a long been invoked as an archetype to provide comic relief and often much needed wisdom that rises above the chaos of life like cork in a glass of wine. Nowadays, however, it's not just comedic characters who carry wine like a handbag. In addition to ladies who make us laugh, T.V. has brought some strong and even frightening femme fatales to the small screen.
Let’s highlight some all-time favorite wine-loving ladies.
The 30 Rock diva took Tina Fey from our favorite SNL star to our favorite sitcom character. While there are certainly tastier wine cocktails out there, the “Funky Juice” combo of white wine, ice and Sprite endeared Liz to us all. And, who can forget her running on the treadmill with a glass of wine in hand? That’s what I call fitspo.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Sure, Kathie Lee isn’t a character, but can you think of anyone on television who is more fond of wine? The brazen queen of morning talk has dazzled us for years with albums, cameos, stories and interviews that bring feel-good vibes to your living room. With the inimitable Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee’s shameless pre-noon glass of wine on Today is a friendly reminder that every hour of every day is a great time for a rosé.
I still want to be Olivia Pope when I grow up—without the blood, murder cover-ups, and constant fear for her life. Scandal’s wild success has introduced the world to the lifestyle of a confident, educated woman who carries a Yale degree and dresses to the nines. Whether she’s drinking straight from the bottle or enjoying a glass with a bowl of buttery popcorn, we can’t help but envy her stunning D.C. loft and the lingering impossible choice between Jake and Fitz. Bordeaux and Chateauneuf du Pape are two labels Ms. Pope has enjoyed, indicating tastes as sophisticated as her “fixing” strategies.
You might’ve caught our recent foray into the Wines of Westeros, but if not, suffice it to say that nobody does wine like Game of Thrones. Season 7 has given us a most vile Cersei who is hitting the wine extra hard, though recent events might have her tapering off just a bit (we hope). Granted, with everything this fierce queen carries on her conscience, a constantly filled glass of Arbor wine might be in her best interest. She could definitely give Tyrion a run for his money these days.
Something must be in the water in D.C. because Claire Underwood could go toe-to-toe with Olivia Pope (can you say crossover episode of our dreams?) when it comes to drinking wine. Whether she’s toasting to a successful conspiracy with Frank or drowning the evilest thoughts, Claire and wine are a match made in heaven—especially when it’s deep, dark, and blood red.