10 wine films worth watching
As a wine lover it is obvious that anything wine related seems attractive and in the process if you gain some knowledge, even better. Films have a similar connect with people. Fortunately, there are plenty of films where vineyards, wine-making and wines playing a key role.
While there is still time before a film is made on Indian wine regions, we are sure that our list of 10 films will definitely be a hit. Don’t forget to open a bottle of your favorite wine while watching!
A bachelor’s trip takes Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church to the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley. The two very different characters are bound by their sense of failed ambitions and fading youth. The trip leaves them changed and definitely high on wine.
Bottle Shock (2008)
The Judgement of Paris which brought Napa Valley wines into the limelight is the premise for the film. Alan Rickman who plays Steven Spurrier takes Chateau Montelena (Bill Pullman owns it) Chardonnay to Paris for the blind tasting challenge only to have this wine defeat the best of French wines.
Court of Master Sommeliers and Master Sommelier are perhaps the toughest and most prestigious accolades in the world of wines. In over 40 years there are less 200 candidates that have reached the Master level. The documentary film follows four aspirants through their tumultuous journey to get this coveted tag.
This is another documentary which studies the impact of globalization on the different wine regions of the world together with influence of wine critics and consultant wine makers. The film places large multinational wine makers against small single estates understanding the pros and cons of both and how it will impact how wines are perceived.
Red Obsession (2013)
The privileged status that Bordeaux has in the wine fraternity has grown over the years; wineries like Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour have set benchmarks in success. But a new phenomenon is emerging with the young, vivacious and fast growing East becoming a huge market. China is at the helm of all this and Bordeaux is preparing to satisfy her ever increasing demands creating a new phenomenon.
Blood into Wine (2010)
The documentary film follows artist Maynard James Keenan (lead artist of bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) and his wine maker mentor Eric Glomski through the pursuit of making wine in Arizona region and their success.
A Good Year (2006)
Based on the novel by Peter Mayle with same name the film is a story of a London-based investment expert Max, played by Russell Crowe, who moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard he has inherited from his late uncle. A few days he spends there change his perspective towards life.
The Billionaire’s Vinegar (To be released)
The under production film is based on the book written by Benjamin Wallace. The book became a center of controversy over the discovery of the Jefferson bottles, their auctions and the cases. The film is supposed to have Brad Pitt playing the lead role.
The documentary film is a hilarious parody of what has been described as ‘the wine country state of mind’. It follows four quirky characters associated with four wineries in Northern California and their toils in making wines and recognition.
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
The Italian wine making town of Santa Vittoria is about to be taken over the Germans during World War II. The town’s mayor played by legendary Anthony Quinn finds out that the German wants to take the entire town’s wine with them. More than a million bottles are hidden and few thousand handed over to the Germans.