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The Hungry Crowd

Today Show Cohost Kathie Lee Gifford on Making Her New Gifft Wines and Boosting Ratings with Cocktails

Kathie Lee Gifford

Today Show cohost Kathie Lee Gifford Photo © TODAY Show

On Becoming a Winemaker
We're making a red blend and a Chardonnay, both under $20. I'm not trying to set the wine world on fire. I'm just looking forward to sharing a part of my life that means something to me.

Chardonnay Taste Memory
When I lived in California in 1975, the wines were all light, crisp fruit; they didn't have that oaky, buttery heaviness. So I said to the Scheid family, my partner for Gifft Wines, "Let's make a Chardonnay that reminds me of the ones I remember from back then."

Favorite Meal of the Day
Lunch. That's what happens when your whole career has been about being on television early in the morning.

The Historical Perspective
Wine is meant to be a blessing. It's mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible as this gift from above. It goes back thousands of years—all the way to when Frank was born! Just kidding.

Best-Kept Secret in New York City
The lamb chops at Neary's. I won't eat a lamb chop from anywhere else.

How "Boozeday Tuesday" Got Started
Chelsea Handler was on the show for her book Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. The producers made vodka cocktails for her—a gag. A week or so later, Brooke Shields shows up and goes, "Where's my cocktail?" The more cocktails and wine we added, the more the ratings took off.

Wine & Dogs
When I was working with Regis, I had one dog named Chardonnay and another named Chablis. Then I got a dog named Regis, and his middle name was Champagne. He was a wonderful dog. We still have him. He's on a shelf in the library.

Where She Likes to Go Crazy
Alabama Jack's in the Florida Keys. It's a shack with a tin roof and the best conch fritters in the world. I get up and sing "Crazy" with the band. "I'm crazy... crazy for feeling so blue... "

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