Whispering Angel rosé is synonymous with the chic Hamptons crowd that nearly drank it into a shortage, but for a certain, non-Hamptons frequenting sect of the population, its status comes courtesy of Danielle Schneider and Casey Wilson—comedians, writers, actresses and hosts of the popular podcast Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown.
Every week on Bitch Sesh, Schneider (co-creator and co-star of Hulu’s hilarious reality-TV parody series Hotwives) and Wilson (Schneider’s Hotwives co-star, as well as Tig Notaro’s girlfriend on the Amazon breakout hit One Mississippi) dissect what’s going on in the drama-filled world of Bravo reality TV, with a special focus on the Real Housewives. And if the Real Housewives are involved you better believe that wine is as well. After the pair did a taste test of Whispering Angel on the podcast, their followers took to Facebook and Twitter, posting photos of rosé bottles waiting to be enjoyed across the country—in grocery stores, on back decks, in refrigerators. FWx talked to Whispering Angel’s most popular unofficial brand ambassadors about how they created a rosé craze and what they’ll be drinking this fall. And for Bitch Sesh superfans, we bring good news. Says Schneider: “Casey and I are trying to take Bitch Sesh on tour and get it out to the people. It’s important work that must be seen live.”
How did you come up with the idea for Bitch Sesh? Your podcast might be the best thing to happen to me this year.
DS: As well as me, I gotta say.
CW: And me. For sure.
DS: And I have a child.
CW: Yes, and I have a son. I had the idea that it would be fun for Danielle and I to chat about the Housewives since we were basically doing it over text anyway.
DS: Casey approached me and was like, “What do you think?” And I was like, “I think definitely yes.” I have to give credit where credit is due—
CW: Thank you. We thought maybe a few people would find it interesting—we were shocked that so many are listening, and we’re humbled and honored.
You basically formed a cult around Sacha Lichine’s Whispering Angel. Everyone I know knows about this wine because of your podcast.
DS: We wish Whispering Angel knew! We’ve been trying to get in touch with them.
CW: Well, we sent an email to a PR person.
Do you think you’re going to be responsible for a very good year for Lichine?
CW: I have to say I think so. I’ve read what feels like hundreds of thousands of tweets about people buying the bottles.
DS: It’s funny because someone forwarded us this article saying that Whispering Angel had a huge bump in sales and they don’t know who’s responsible. We have tens of thousands of listeners every week, and if they’re all buying it, that’s a big spike in sales. And when they were asking this in the article, there were people in the comments section who were like, “We know why! It’s because of this podcast!”
How did you find out about this magical rosé?
CW: Admittedly, I’m not the most sophisticated wine connoisseur, but I was at a lunch meeting with Elizabeth Banks and my writing partner, June Diane Raphael, at Soho House. Elizabeth was like, “I love Whispering Angel,” so I thought, “Oh, I need to drink this because if Elizabeth Banks drinks it.…” And I don’t even know if I liked it, but I was like, I love it now. I just became amazed and fascinated with how good the wine is but how bad the name is. The name definitely stays with you.
DS: Oh, yeah, how can you forget? And then Casey said, “Danielle, you have to try this wine. It’s so good—let’s drink it on the podcast.” I, too, don’t have the most sophisticated mouth—or even brain—when it comes to wine, but I immediately thought, “This is perfect for me.” It’s not too strong. It’s just something mild and fun.