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Lights, Camera, Chardonnay!

Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford has an on-air wine habit and a new California label
Esther Mobley
Issue: June 15, 2014

If it's 10 a.m. on a weekday and you're not drinking Chardonnay, then you're probably not watching the Today show. Tune in and you'll likely see Kathie Lee Gifford and cohost Hoda Kotb toasting, clinking and sipping from glasses of wine. A lifelong wine lover, Gifford, 60, decided to produce a California wine of her own called Gifft. Wine Spectator's Esther Mobley sat down with the television host in her dressing room to discuss her distaste for oaky Chardonnay, her vision for Gifft and the misconceptions surrounding her morning libations.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands May 20, 2014.

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