Saturday, February 07, 2009

Bottle Shock

Wine is sunlight held together by water ~Galileo

I couldn't agree more. Viticulture is the brag of the characters in the film Bottle Shock. A smart, poignant, well written film, about the discovery of California wine in the mid 70s. A wine snob discovers that California vintners make good wine. An interesting story develops, as he travels from vineyard to vineyard taking barrel samples to find worthy wines for a French wine tasting competition. When he comes to the revelation that California wines are good, a local bartender says to him, "what were you expecting? Thunderbird?" It's a little sassy, a little sexy (mostly because of Rachel Taylor and Eliza Dushku) and a lot of smart. A nice depiction of a true story, that also looks at what motivates people who are passionate about what they do. The attitude and flavor of the 70s is well represented through music and dress. A strong cast, good story and beautiful cinematography make this an entertaining film I really enjoyed.... along with my own glass of chardonnay.


2 Dollar Productions said...

Thanks for this one . . . was curious & kind of waiting until you weighed in on it. And I always like Eliza. Ha. Alan Rickman too, but for other reasons.

Linda said...

2D~I think you would really enjoy this film, especially since you were just in wine country. Rickman is excellent, as always. Well worth a rental.