Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Theme Thursday Bottle

Some time last year, my husband and I rented "Bottle Shock", a movie we'd never heard of. It has some very fine actors, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina. It's about a subject I love: wine...and not just any wine, California wine. It's the true story of how California wine was introduced as a serious contender to French wine in a 1976 blind taste test held in Paris. The results of this event were, heretofore unthinkable and forever changed the fortunes of California vintners. Worth the watch. Here's the trailer.

29 comments:

Brian Miller said...

intersting. havent seen it...just might have to check it out. thanks cali! happy tt!

subby said...

This movie came up in the google search( first thing, actually )...I have read the stories behind this but wasn't privy to a movie about it...interesting...

Alan Burnett said...

Thanks for bring this film to my attention, I must try and get a copy. Fascinating story I bet.

Baino said...

I hired it to a little while back! Love Alan Rickman and it's a really entertaining little movie! Although we're in competition with you Californians .. 2004 Witchmount Shiraz was named the top shiraz in the world in the Syrah du Monde wine competition.

Susan said...

I'll have to check out this film. I love Alan Rickman. It looks interesting. Thanks for checking out my Theme Thursday!

willow said...

Everyone's talking about this movie! I'm adding it to my queue right now. Rickman's voice makes me slide off my chair.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Got into Calif wines when I lived on the west coast... and so many wineries to visit. I'm looking forward to seeing this, too. -J

croneandbearit said...

Watching and listening to Alan Rickman is one of my favorite pastimes but pls don't tell Devoted Spouse since he thinks HE's my favorite pastime. (Ok he is) I have not seen this flick, but will. I am currently in love with pinot noir and would love to get another pet just so I could name it pinot noir. sigh...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

i just signed up with netflix, thanks for the reminder about this film - will put it in the queue, been wanting to see it for a while. my sister while she liked it she said the book the film is based on is not to be missed.

I'm a member of the I love alan rickman club too - and it do looks like he once more plays a delightfully unpleasant snob - don't you just love to love these unlikable characters!

Mrsupole said...

This looks like a good movie to watch and will have to check it out.

Believe it or not the house that I live in, used to be part of a vineyard and my house was built where the vines used to be. When we first moved out here, there were vineyards everywhere. But then the land became more valuable then making wine, and so it was almost all sold. Supposedly the wine made out here was really good. It was a lot nicer here when 2/3's of the people did not live here. No traffic, little crime, people spoke english, oh the good old days. I need a glass of wine. Oh and the funny thing is that hubby is always buying wine from Austrailia. California wine costs too much. Must be all those freaking taxes we pay.

God bless.

books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! California Girl,
I most definitely, will seek this film out to watch...I also like the youtube wide screen.(That you have embedded on your blog.)

Because it pulls you into what is happening in the film. We both are dealing with films, this week, but you decided to take a light, pleasant,humourous approach.
Thanks, for sharing...Happy Theme Thursday!
DeeDee ;-D

tut-tut said...

Glad to know. I love Alan Rickman. happy Theme Thursday!

Betsy said...

I bet this would be good....will check it out!

Dreamhaven said...

Looks like this might be worth the search. Come back to my blog if you have the time. I finished the revision.

Titanium said...

I'll have to put it on my NetFlix list right now! Thanks...

Mine is here.

Jill said...

I guess I will pop over and put it in my Netflix queue! I will look forward to it!

Stephanie said...

I enjoyed that movie too!

JeffScape said...

Another Bottle Shock reference!

I guess I'm gonna have to add it to the queue...

Tom said...

this is the 2nd time i've heard a good review on this movie...Rickman is awesome, so I guess i'm gonna have to rent it!

Roy said...

I heard about this movie a while ago. I'll have to see if the DVD is in the RI public library system.

There are some California wines that I like, but I've been finding that my heart is taken by Australian reds (especially Shirazes) and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. And I'd be willing to bet the vintners from Downunder had just as much of an uphill battle to gain recognition as the Californians did.

Nanc Twop said...

That was a fun movie - and it was a time-capsule of the fashions and cars of the era too.

Loved his rental car... ;-)

otin said...

Looks pretty good!

Alan Rickman is so cool!

Janice said...

Fun movie. It was a "must see" for me since part of it was filmed in my home town.

nanny said...

I have been meaning to watch it for awhile ......

notaphotographerbutiplayoneontv said...

Great minds think alike - especially when it comes to great movies! :-)
Happy Thursday!

Megan said...

So THAT'S why the 5 North showcases so many grapes these days!

Deborah said...

California Girl, I used to know about this blog, but somehow it has escaped my attention for months. Right brained? left brained? No brained! (Me, not you)

I heard about this film several years ago but forgot the title, and actually forgot the film too. (see what I mean?) So I'm delighted to find it here and even more delighted that one of my favourite actors, Alan Rickman, is in it. I'll be renting it, thanks!!

TheWordWire said...

Thank you for calling my attention to this movie! Had not heard of it, but it's now definitely on my to-see list.

Glad to meet you California Girl. I used to be one myself for a few years (San Diego), and the place just stays in your soul. I've actually seen and traveled through more of the state since I've been a NV resident. Fall in love with CA every visit.

tony said...

I will rent the DVD & buy a bottle to watch it with!
w.v.="unscary"!!!!!!