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March 28, 2011

Bottle Shock

Napa Valley, 1976. For connoisseur Steven Spurrier, there is no finer art than French wine. But rumors bandy about of a new California wine country that holds the future of the vine. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for established French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind taste test. He finds the valley full of ambitious, and talented, novice vinters like Jim Barrett and his son Bo. He realizes his publicity stunt may change the history of wine forever.

It could be a docu-drama, but that title would be a little limiting for this film. It is a beautifully shot and acted film although the plot uses some action elements to keep the interest of some viewers. This is the story of a taste test comparison between Californian and French wines. Napa Valley wines won the contest and this established Napa Valley as a premiere growing location while opening up the possibilities for the rest of the world to grow grapes for wine. Since then we have all benefited from the diversity of wines grown around the world. ~Mike

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 53308-D 108 minutes

Posted by mcmike at March 28, 2011 09:09 AM

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