Shock and Awe

If you’re hankering for a good wine movie that would be the Chardonnay to Sideways‘ Pinot, there is a great one on the horizon called Bottle Shock.

Bottle Shock is about the famed Judgment of Paris Tasting of 1976, where Napa Valley wines beat French wines. The results of this tasting shook the wine world. It validated the U.S. as a producer of quality wines and it put the wineries of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Chateau Montelena on the map.

Going into the movie we knew more about the Stag’s Leap side of things. After getting a private tour of Stag’s Leap through a friend, we learned about its history and how their Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon was the wine of distinction at the Paris tasting. So knowing more about the red side, we were looking forward to learning about the white wine side of things and Chateau Montelena’s Chardonnay.

In June, we went to the Seattle International Film Festival‘s closing gala for Bottle Shock. It was a grand affair with the red carpet and appearances by Freddy Rodriguez and Bill Pullman. The whole event was great and justly so, the movie was excellent. It was a great story and the characters were wonderful. I highly suggest watching it when it comes around to your local theater.

The movie did a great job with telling the story of Chateau Montelena. Of course there was a bit of Hollywood twists and turns mixed in, but the execution was excellent. And it had Alan Rickman. Always awesome. The movie did a great job of romanticizing California Wine Country and the experience of this tasting. Just a really enjoyable movie.

It comes out August 6 to wide release and will slowly trickle in following weeks. Go see it, you’ll have a great time.

2 thoughts on “Shock and Awe

  1. I really can´t wait to see this film. I am a big fan of Freddy Rodriguez and judging by the comments this is a nice film to watch. Thanks for the suggestion, Frank.

  2. I caught it at Sundance and Frank is on the money. This is a great compliment film to Sideways, though it’s definitely more about the wine than a pre-nuptial romp through wine country. I thought it was very charming and funny with a lot of hart. A great date movie I think. I’m planning on taking my fiancee when it comes out. = )

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