Have we mentioned that we think White Collar is one of the best written shows currently on television? And it features a fair amount of wine drinking.
The show, about charming con man and art thief Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) who works for the FBI, thanks to the agent who finally caught him, airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on USA Network and just recently started a new season.
So we thought we’d feature Tim DeKay, who plays Special Agent Peter Burke on the show. DeKay didn’t really have a question about wine.
“I grew up with my dad, who was very involved with wine. He sold wine and liquor in New York as a salesman. So he was very knowledgeable with wine,” DeKay said.
Of course, that means he often ends up being the go-to guy when it’s time to choose wine for the table. Even so, he describes his wine knowledge as merely decent. A lot of that has to do with how many wines there are available these days.
“It’s amazing how many different types of wines there are today,” he said. “And the varietals are amazing. Whenever I’m in a restaurant and I’ll open a wine book and I realize that I don’t know three quarters of these wines. I always end up looking at the sommelier and asking what’s your smoothest, most buttery wine. That’s what I love. Like a really good, rich cab or something like that.”
Which is definitely a good way to handle it when the wine list is running longer than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
DeKay loves a really good cabernet sauvignon, but that doesn’t mean he’s not open to exploring.
“I love doing tastings and going to those kinds of events where they ask celebrities to go to tastings. I love it,” he said.
Oh, and he showed off his latest find – a chianti – that he was able to track with an app on his smart phone. Yep. He likes a good wine.