Fat Monk

When the hottest television producers in America ventured into a world they knew nothing about, their sweet dreams slowly ferment into sour grapes. Corkscrewed is a series that features Nigel and Ken in front of the camera, rather than behind it, as they negotiate with local farmers and winemakers, curse wild boars and vineyard pests and are eventually welcomed into the Paso Robles wine community. The Liverpool-born owners of Villa San-Juliette make for an odd pair, as they learned firsthand the challenges of grape growing and living in wine country. While Nigel and Ken have both been lucky enough to enjoy the luxurious Hollywood lifestyle that comes with a string of prime-time US network hits, this project was by far their most challenging. Originally, the purchase of the vineyard was planned for a consortium of buyers all friends. However, one by one, the investors pulled out leaving Nigel and Ken to purchase the beautiful 168-acre vineyard in Paso Robles, California, alone. Problems arose from the outset. Arriving at the vineyard in a Bentley, dressed in designer clothing, Nigel and Ken tried to convince the jeans-clad community of their interest in horticulture. From there hilarity and complications persisted; yet, like most of their television projects, failure was not an option. In May of 2008, the first estate-grown vintage was bottled, and since then five have been released under the Villa San-Juliette Label all to positive reviews. Their stunning 14,000-square-foot Tuscan-style estate and tasting room exhibits the pinnacle of European luxury and elegance, showing that, once again, Nigel and Ken have created a star.

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