Wine in the movies: Bottle Shock

Wine in the movies: Bottle ShockWine in the movies, it does happen. I’m not talking about drinking wine in the theater, but there are places where that happens.  I’m talking about movies about wine.

I’ll admit. I’m a little biased, but I love watching Bottle Shock. For those unfamiliar, this movie is about the Napa Valley in 1976. Yes, Chris Pine is wearing an awful wig, but if you can get past it, it’s a very cute movie.

Oh the scenery! I remember sitting in the shade of oak trees on hot summer days surrounded by golden hills with the hissing of locusts in the still, dry air. There is a sense of calm that rushes over me when I see the vineyards and the dusty hills. California will always be home to me.

The movie is about how Napa wines came to prominence. The basic plot is that an Englishman (played by Alan Rickman) is struggling to be a successful wine snob (or shop owner) in France. He comes up with the idea to pit American wines against French ones in an obvious effort to make himself more popular amongst the locals.

He goes to Napa to find wines and is surprised by what he finds.

It’s well cast and a nice little escape. I’m sure they took liberties with the plot to make reality seem more interesting, and I’m fine with that.

If you love wine, this should be on your watch list. It’s 2 hours and 20 minutes of wine goodness. And of course, you should drink a glass of wine when you watch it.

By the way, I went to Gustavo’s wine shop in Napa while on my honeymoon. Best wine I’ve ever had. Honestly. If you find yourself in Napa, stop by the place and try some wine. You won’t be sorry.

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