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Napa Valley film ‘Bottle Shock’ not feelin’ the love

by TrevR on January 22, 2008

Last Summer we told you about the upcoming Napa Valley film ‘Bottle Shock’, which was being put together by filmmaker Randall M. Miller. The film tells the story of the early days of California winemaking and the monumental 1976 blind tasting in Paris. Well, here we are in January 2008 and the film has made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The fine folks at CinemaBlend.com have a review and recap from Park City, which you can find here. The opening pretty much sums it up:

Is there room in the world for yet another movie about wine? If the movie is Bottle Shock… then nope. Director Randol Miller has assembled an amazing and talented cast, but he uses them on a disjointed script which never seems to find its focus.

Further reading:

Variety review

Entertainment Weekly interview with Chris Pine

Bloomberg News

IMDB details

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, winecountry, Bottle Shock, Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, sundance, Sundance Film Festival]

About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • http://losangelesgrapeking.blogspot.com/ grape king

    The trailer looked pretty funny to me and I have a feeling this movie will appeal mich more to wine geeks than the general public. I will continue to hold judgement until I see it. Although it’s interesting how many critics panned it. I don’t get this statement –

    “Is there room in the world for yet another movie about wine? ”

    How many wine movies has there really been? IMO, there’s PLENTY of room.

  • http://losangelesgrapeking.blogspot.com/ grape king

    The trailer looked pretty funny to me and I have a feeling this movie will appeal mich more to wine geeks than the general public. I will continue to hold judgement until I see it. Although it’s interesting how many critics panned it. I don’t get this statement –

    “Is there room in the world for yet another movie about wine? ”

    How many wine movies has there really been? IMO, there’s PLENTY of room.

  • VineisMine

    Movie was great, i loved the soundtrack, and the cast put on a great performance. I’ve made my own wine before with my dad when I was a kid, and this movie just made me want to be a vintner and make my own wine as a profession. The movie comes out August 6th in some places and the 15th in others. You can find out everything at http://www.bottleshockthemovie.com

  • VineisMine

    Movie was great, i loved the soundtrack, and the cast put on a great performance. I’ve made my own wine before with my dad when I was a kid, and this movie just made me want to be a vintner and make my own wine as a profession. The movie comes out August 6th in some places and the 15th in others. You can find out everything at http://www.bottleshockthemovie.com

  • Jacque ring

    I absolutely loved it!!!

  • Jacque ring

    I absolutely loved it!!!

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