Wine films

There are several well-known films based on the drinking or making of wine or the wine industry itself. They range from American comedy-drama Bottle Shock (featuring Alan Rickman as wine expert Steven Spurrier), buddy-movie Sideways and book adaptation A Good Year to smaller pictures such as the controversial Mondovino, mockumentary Corked and French hit Vagabond.

Individual wines have also featured on the big screen including Chateau Margaux in Withnail & I and Sherlock Holmes, Chateau Latour in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, Chateau Angelus in James Bond Casino Royale and Veuve Clicquot in Casablanca.

In May 2012 it was announced The Billionaire’s Vinegar is to be turned into a motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

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Jefford on Monday: Screen Truths

The relationship between wine and the screen (whether full, wide or small) is an uneasy one. Watching people taste wine, then talk about it with the kind of animation required…

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Film review: Somm

SOMM, the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival’s headlining film and debut feature from director Jason Wise, attempts to pull back the curtain on the mysterious Master Sommelier Exam.

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A Year in Burgundy: film review

I have to confess I didn’t expect great things of A Year in Burgundy, chiefly because the director, David Kennard, told me the title was a deliberate nod to Peter…

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Ten-hour Mondovino makes UK debut

Mondovino, the wine documentary that divided the wine world eight years ago, is to be shown in its full 10-hour version in London in May.

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New movie lifts lid on Master Sommeliers

A new film about to be released shines a spotlight on the gruelling world of the Master Sommelier qualification – an exam less than 200 people have ever passed.

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Film Review: Bottle Shock

One of two films based on the famed ‘Judgement in Paris’ which overnight brought respectability upon the upstart wines produced in California, Bottle Shock will be – like its iconoclastic…

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Two ‘Jefferson bottles’ films in the offing

A major Hollywood consortium including actor Will Smith, and HBO Films, have separately bought the rights to a book and a New Yorker article about the Jefferson Bottles affair.