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National Drink Wine Day: The 16 TV Characters Most Likely to Toast

Today is National Drink Wine Day—one of those mysterious holidays that seem to spring fully formed from your Facebook or Twitter feed. A Google search leaves the holiday’s origins ambiguous but seems to at least source it to a year: 2011. So happy Fifth-Annual National Drink Wine Day, everyone. Who are we to argue with such a fantastic idea? To put you in the mood to guzzle some grapes, here are 20 TV characters who know their way around a bottle. Let their hardy livers inspire you.

TYRION LANNISTER—GAME OF THRONES
The shortest member of the Lannister clan is, nonetheless, its most accomplished drinker. Ever since Tyrion made his first appearance in the pilot he’s not been too far from a wine bottle, goblet, or skin.

TYRION LANNISTER—GAME OF THRONES
TYRION LANNISTER—GAME OF THRONES

CERSEI LANNISTER—GAME OF THRONES

But if anyone could give Tyrion a run for his money in the drinking department, it’s his sister: Cersei. The thirst she developed when holed up during the Battle of the Blackwater in Season 2 has only increased in the intervening years. Maybe if she had been drinking less and scheming more, Season 5 wouldn’t have gone quite so terribly for her.




CERSEI LANNISTER—GAME OF THRONES

CERSEI LANNISTER—GAME OF THRONES




ALICIA FLORRICK—THE GOOD WIFE

Alicia recently got in trouble with her neighbors for running a law office out of her swanky Chicago apartment. But if I shared a recycling bin with the Florrick household, I would have raised a few flags long before.  She doesn’t need wine—she likes wine. For the record, she likes tequila too.

ALICIA FLORRICK—THE GOOD WIFE


LINDSAY JILLIAN—YOU’RE THE WORST

Any one of the four core characters on this show could have cropped up here but somehow I think Linds is the most inclined to prefer wine. It’s classy, just like her.
LINDSAY JILLIAN—YOU’RE THE WORST

LINDSAY JILLIAN—YOU’RE THE WORST




ROBIN SCHERBATSKY—HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

It’s possible now that she’s found a happily ever after with Ted, Robin is less inclined to drink under a desk while weeping. Then again, when Ted gets out his red cowboy boots, we won’t blame Robin for taking a deep swig, or 20.

ROBIN SCHERBATSKY—HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

ROBIN SCHERBATSKY—HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER



THE CUL-DE-SAC CREW—COUGAR TOWN

If you don’t have a Big Carl or Big Joe to call your very own, then fill the closest vase with all the wine you have, make fun of your neighbors, play Penny Can, and fondly remember this late, great show.




TAMI TAYLOR—FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Truth be told, both Eric and Tami Taylor enjoyed unwinding with a glass of wine, but I decided to put Mrs. Coach on here because . . .




AMY SCHUMER—INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

Amy Schumer paid such a beautiful homage to Connie Britton’s character in her sketch “Football Town Nights.” Bleary eyes, full glass, can’t lose.




BERNARD BLACK—BLACK BOOKS

I don’t recommend trying Bernard Black’s wine popsicle (or ice lolly if you’re British) at home. Freezing a full, glass wine bottle sounds like a recipe for disaster. But if you can pull it off, more power to you, and may I suggest a nice rosé?





LIZ LEMON—30 ROCK

You know what pairs well with Night Cheese? Treadmill wine. But if neither of those sounds good, you might want to try some of Liz Lemon’s patented Funky Juice. Find the recipe here.

LIZ LEMON—30 ROCK

LIZ LEMON—30 ROCK




HANNIBAL LECTER—HANNIBAL

What good is an elegantly prepared meal without a nice Chianti to wash it down?

HANNIBAL LECTER—HANNIBAL WINE MANIAC
HANNIBAL LECTER—HANNIBA



CARRIE MATHISON—HOMELAND

don’t, however, recommend you wash down your meds with wine. But if you do, make sure you’re ready to blow your life up completely and repeatedly.

CARRIE MATHISON—HOMELAND WINE MANIAC
CARRIE MATHISON—HOMELAND 



KATHIE LEE GIFFORD AND HODA KOTB—THE TODAY SHOW

O.K., yes, Kathie Lee and Hoda aren’t exactly characters, but, well, aren’t they? Like Tami Taylor before her, Kathie Lee got her own loving send-up courtesy of S.N.L.’s Kristen Wiig. Wiig’s preferred accessory? A wine glass, of course.

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD AND HODA KOTB—THE TODAY SHOW

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD AND HODA KOTB—THE TODAY SHOW




EDINA MONSOON AND PATSY STONE—ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

Eddie and Patsy—maybe the original Hoda and Kathie Lee?—are back in the news today thanks to the teaser for their upcoming movie. As you might expect, the women have not changed their hard-drinking ways one bit. You wouldn’t want it any other way, would you, sweetie darling?

EDINA MONSOON AND PATSY STONE—ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

EDINA MONSOON AND PATSY STONE—ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS




SKYLER WHITE—BREAKING BAD

When things got especially rough in the White household, Skyler turned to some classic white-wine therapy to get her through tense dinners and even tenser nights. I’d like to think that with a little bit of closure from Walt, Skyler is no longer hitting the bottle quite as hard. But she should go ahead and do whatever she needs to do to get through. She deserves it.

SKYLER WHITE—BREAKING BAD

SKYLER WHITE—BREAKING BAD



OLIVIA POPE—SCANDAL

If you decide to go full Olivia Pope today and drink red wine while wearing white, then I take my over-sized white hat off to you. You’re a braver drinker than most of us.

OLIVIA POPE—SCANDAL If you decide to go full Olivia Pope today and drink red wine while wearing white, then I take my over-sized white hat off to you. You’re a braver drinker than most of us.

OLIVIA POPE—SCANDAL



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5 Responses to "National Drink Wine Day: The 16 TV Characters Most Likely to Toast "

  1. Well I can't celebrate this particular holiday in my current condition but this post has certainly feel part of this fledgling day of wine celebration!!

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    1. Do not be sad. we can celebrate it anytime. Let us drink wine!!!

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  2. What a brilliant idea! Glad the Couger Town and Ab Fab crews made the list - they're my go to wine enthusiasts! Happy Wine Day!

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    1. Let's celebrate together. Happy White Day!

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  3. If I hadn't a cold right now I would start right away with some white wine. Tyrion seems like the perfect wine companion ;)

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