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A wine-film review:”Bottle Shock”

September 22, 2009

rsz_bottle_shock_moviewritten by Michael Oudyn

Bottle Shock”, the 2008 Indy film very loosely based on George Taber’s Judgment of Paris, retells the “stunning upset” of unknown California wines from Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap over some of France’s fabled icons such as Haut-Brion and Mouton Rothschild in a blind 1976 Paris tasting with the crème de la crème of the French wine establishment as judges.  Nice little scandal!

Well, this seems like pretty good raw material for a movie.  But the “Bottle Shock” brain trust apparently thought the story line needed a little spicing up.   How about a little sex and violence, a random sprinkling of  mystical wine philosophy, some pretty shots of Napa vineyards, and a few nationalistic stereotypes that make us proud to be Americans.  Now, we´ve got a winner!  (more…)