Some nights you just want to settle in with a glass of wine and good movie. So sit back, relax, and pop some popcorn to watch these four great movies about wine. By the time your bottle is gone and the credits are rolling, you’ll even have learned a little more about the world of wine.
The oldest wines I’ve ever tried were all featured in this amazing coming of age movie about California’s wine industry in the 1970s. Based loosely on the 1976 wine competition, the “Judgment of Paris,” when California wine defeated French wine in a blind taste test, Bottle Shock stars Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, and Bill Pullman and a lovable cast of supporting actors. I had the opportunity to taste the winning vintage from Stag’s Leap and the subsequent vintage from Chateau Montelena at a media event in Napa. Read more about it here.
A classic wine film that put Pinot Noir in the spotlight and shadowed Merlot, Sideways follows two men in their forties, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara wine country. An adaption from Rex Pickett’s novel, Sideways, the comedy features Paul Giamatti as a divorced, depressed, and unsuccessful writer and wine aficionado, and his soon-to-be married friend, played by Thomas Church, as they prowl California’s wine region for one last sexual encounter and an elusive bottle of Pinot Noir. Wine salivating banter abounds.
A documentary following the lives for four students as they work toward their Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. From watching the students sniff and even lick just about everything in the grocery market to learn about wine aromas to studying every wine region in the world and blind tasting galore, the movie shows the stress and challenge it takes to be one of a very best in the wine world.
A collection of interviews and narratives with winemakers and wine lovers around the world, this documentary discusses the rise and popularity of rare, expensive wines in China and their growth as a powerful status symbol. Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film takes the audience on a journey from the deep-rooted vineyards of Bordeaux to the streets of Beijing to examine the shift in wine demand and culture across the globe.
Looking for that perfect pairing with your movie? Try this amazing combo: Pinot Noir & Popcorn!
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