Wine films

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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

9th September 2013

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 to keep tv viewers...

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Sideways author sets sights on Broadway as chances of film sequel diminish

22nd May 2013

Rex Pickett’s play of his film Sideways is a step closer to Broadway after he recruited award-winning director Des McAnuff, but prospects for a big-screen sequel remain small.

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New film features 'Outsiders' in Languedoc

19th December 2012

A new film following the fortunes of 12 Languedoc-Roussillon winemakers is released next month.

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Film review: Somm

8th November 2012

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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Interview: Dustin Wilson, wine director of Eleven Madison Park

8th November 2012

Dustin Wilson is wine director for Eleven Madison Park, one of an elite group of restaurants in New York to hold both three Michelin stars, and four stars from the New York Times. He is one of the...

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A Year in Burgundy: film review

13th September 2012

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 Mayle’s notorious A Year in...

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Rex Pickett

Sideways 2 film unlikely, says author

17th July 2012

Sideways author Rex Pickett says director Alexander Payne fears making a sequel to the hit 2004 film will be 'selling out'.

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Red Obsession

'Red Obsession' documentary to explore Bordeaux-China relationship

19th June 2012

Further details have been released about the new feature-length documentary about the mutual 'obsession' between Bordeaux and China, starring some of the biggest names in the international wine world.

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Brad Pitt to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar

8th May 2012

The Billionaire's Vinegar, the controversial book about the Jefferson bottles affair, is being made into a film starring Brad Pitt.

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Ten-hour Mondovino makes UK debut

21st March 2012

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

23rd January 2012

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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Coppola: Apocalypse Now nearly killed Inglenook dream

5th January 2012

Francis Ford Coppola reveals his 1979 Oscar-winning war film almost ruined his chances of reuniting Inglenook.

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Clos Fourtet and staff star in new wine movie

20th July 2011

A new film set in a French chateau - and starring the real Chateau Clos Fourtet - opens next month in French cinemas.

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Sotheby's: The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector

New wine film to lift lid on China and Bordeaux

3rd March 2011

A new wine documentary exploring the relationship between Bordeaux and China is in production.

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Bottle Shock

Film Review: Bottle Shock

18th March 2009

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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Napa takes Bottle Shock to its heart

29th July 2008

Bottle Shock, the notorious film based on the 1976 Judgment of Paris, had its Napa Valley debut last Saturday.

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Two 'Jefferson bottles' films in the offing

5th February 2008

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.

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Bottle Shock opens to mixed reviews

21st January 2008

Bottle Shock, the first of the long-awaited movies about the Paris Tasting, has premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews.

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Paris Tasting film with Alan Rickman slated for Sundance

1st October 2007

Bottle Shock, one of the films about the 1976 Paris Tasting, has finished shooting and will premier at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Spurrier threatens action against rival Judgement of Paris film

27th July 2007

Steven Spurrier has accused the producers of a rival ‘Judgement of Paris’ film of defamation and threatened to sue in the strongest possible terms.

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'Judgement of Harris' pits South Africans against Californians

25th May 2007

The obsession with comparative tastings shows no sign of letting up, with the South Africans holding their own ‘Judgement of Paris’ tomorrow.

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