Movie about california wine contest
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Napa Plus Hollywood Equals Bottle Shock
I am a shepherd. Rickman is a hoot as Spurrier, though nothing like the actual man -- who is not at all a snob, though indeed guilty of having a tony British accent. Making the wine merchant a pompous ass obviously works better for the plot. The sight of Rickman in a three-piece bespoke suit languidly dipping his hand into a bucket of KFC that sits beside him in the crummy car he rents to explore Napa Valley may just be worth the price of admission. It also omits until the closing credits any mention of the wine that triumphed over the French in the red wine category.
It started as a small-business owner's publicity stunt. It created a small-business revolution. Confident that French wines had no competition, the most prestigious wine experts in France agreed to judge. The outcome: Top honors went to California wines, both red and white. The wine world was shocked. Worldwide, opportunities opened up for small, entrepreneurial winemakers.
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The director and cast, including stars Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman, and hundreds of others gathered to view the film, which is loosely based on the Paris Tasting that helped put California on the world's wine map. Anticipation has been running high for Bottle Shock since the crew began filming in Napa and Sonoma counties last summer. Comparisons to Sideways are inevitable, but Bottle Shock stands comfortably on its own: It's a crowd-pleaser, charming and surprisingly funny, though schmaltzy and calculatedly Hollywood at times. Considering its limited budget, the movie is visually beautiful, relying largely on locations around the city of Sonoma. East Napa Street, just off the plaza, substitutes for Paris, for example.
A few days ago the world was shocked to hear that beloved British character actor Alan Rickman had passed away from cancer at the age of Bottle Shock is the story of a famous upset in the wine world, when some California wines beat traditional French wines at a wine judging contest called the Judgment of Paris in Spurrier decides to go to California to see how their wines, as yet unknown on the world scene, stack up to French ones. Spurrier and Bo manage to get the wine entered into a prestigious contest in Paris where all the judges, experienced French sommeliers, expect the French wines to win. A bit less successful is the conflict between him and Bo.