‘Blue Bloods’: Is the Wine at Reagan Family Dinners Real?

If you watch Blue Bloods regularly, one part of the show you likely look forward to is the Reagan family dinners. At the end of each episode, viewers are treated to a family dinner scene full of laughter (and sometimes arguments), good food, and wine. One thing many fans want to know is if the wine is real. Here’s what we know.

The food on Blue Bloods is real

Bridget Moynahan and Tom Selleck at Blue Bloods family dinner | Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Selleck at Blue Bloods family dinner | Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images

One thing you might be surprised to learn is that the food on Blue Bloods is real. When you watch the Reagans sit down for dinner, they are actually eating real food. However, not everyone eats during the dinner scenes. Some actors decide to push food around on their plate because the scenes are long, and it would likely make them sick if they ate every time a scene is re-shot.

Although some actors pretend to eat, they do a pretty good job of it, according to Jim Lillis, property manager for Blue Bloods. He told The Virginian-Pilot some of the actors are quite convincing. “Some are good at faking it. They are very good at making it look like they’re really enjoying a hearty dinner,” he said.

Is the wine on Blue Bloods real?

Donnie Wahlberg |Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images
Donnie Wahlberg |Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images

During a 2014 interview with Rachael Ray, actress Amy Carlson discussed what goes on behind the scenes of Blue Bloods. She said one question she gets a lot from fans is whether the wine at Reagan family dinners is real. Carlson revealed the wine is not real (otherwise, no one would be able to get through their lines). “Nope, it’s not alcohol,” said Carlson.

In his interview with People magazine, Donny Wahlberg revealed what’s really in the actors’ cups. “Someone asked me if we get drunk because we have a lot of wine during the dinner scene, but, sadly, it’s just grape juice. Sorry, guys. And ‘Scotch’ is iced tea. I think they give us decaffeinated or we’d be bouncing off the walls.”

Other Blue Bloods secrets

You might think when Frank and Henry go upstairs that they’re going to their bedrooms. However, that’s not where the stairs lead. Carlson revealed on Rachael Ray the stairs lead to the closet in the kitchen. She also said the spatula on set doubles as her personal mirror. “The spatula is my special set friend. We used to have a big mirror over the credenza, and they got rid of that. So, how is a girl supposed to check her hair and makeup?”

Furthermore, Carlson said Wahlberg is a “class clown,” but he isn’t the biggest clown on the Blue Bloods set. “You would think that Donny Wahlberg is a class clown and he really is; he’s super funny on set. But it’s actually Tom Selleck. Go figure.” 

Read more: ‘Blue Bloods’: Why Tom Selleck Loves the Dinner Scenes

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