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“Bottle Shock”- A Good Movie That’s Not About Beer

After flipping around NetFlix for a good 20 minutes the other night, we finally found a 3-1/2 star movie that we could both agree on called “Bottle Shock” .  The shocker?  It’s not about beer – it’s about wine!

So why am I writing about a wine movie on a beer blog?  Well, it seems to me that all around entertaining, quality feel good movies are few and far between anymore, and this is one I’d never heard of.  So I thought I’d share, even though it has nothing to do with beer.  It does, however, reflect the same passionate, nonconformist, wild west, hippie spirit that reminds me so much of today’s craft brewers (there, now its about beer).

“Bottle Shock” is based on a true story that dates back to 1978.  An Englishman (Alan Rickman) arranged a blind wine tasting contest that was judged by France’s most prestigious wine enthusiasts.  This historic event put the unknown California wines head-to-head with world famous french wines.  That’s all I’m gonna say about the plot. However, this movie does a great job of characterizing the early Napa winemakers.  It portrays their sacrifices in pursuit of passion, their quest for perfection, praise for originality, contempt for snobbery, and camaraderie over competition – “if one wins, we all win”.  Where wine makers embodied this spirit 30 years ago, craft brewers certainly embody it today.

I do love a good true feel good movie, and the acting is pretty good too (although Bill Pullman is a bit cheesy at times).  The cast is a good mix of young and old, and leading the young is young Captain Kirk himself from the latest Star Trek.  Kinda the same character, but in desperate need of a haircut.  There’s drama, action, a small love triangle, a few laughs, and a good underdog story, with some nice views of Napa thrown in.  So the next time you find yourself flipping around for a good movie, stop at “Bottle Shock” and enjoy a feel good movie that captures the spirit behind American spirits.

Cheers beers!

  1. May 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    One of my favorite parts of the movie is how the wineries are puzzled when he pays for a tasting. Ah, if only that were the case today.

    • May 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Yep, things have certainly changed. Being from Frederick, you’re probably familiar with Linganore. I remember they’d give you a list of 22 or more wines and they’d start from the top and work down – all free, of course. Great thing about brew pubs and beer bars is you can usually sample before you buy a pint.

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