Bottle Shock

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Released 2008

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Director:
Randall Miller
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Bottle Shock is based on true events that changed the history of wine through a publicity stunt gone awry. In 1976, wine connoisseur, Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), was concerned with his failing business and decided to organize an outrageous contest. He challenged the winemakers of Napa Valley, California, to a blind taste test against the world-renowned winemakers of France. The competition became known as the "Judgment of Paris." Spurrier traveled to the Napa Valley where winemakers had remained unnoticed among wine connoisseurs. When he discussed the competition with Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) of Chateau Montelena, Barrett declined the offer to take part in the contest, believing it to be France's way of belittling New World wine producers. Barrett's son, Bo (Chris Pine), managed to secretly pass two bottles of Chateau's chardonnay to Barrett. Bo traveled to Paris to represent the Napa Valley and witnessed the world of wine being changed forever.

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  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Wine lovers won't just sip but guzzle a lot of this down, and the same effect that sun-dappled days and sex in California had on "Sideways" operates here.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Bottle Shock is unable to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, and flops around between madcap comedy and rousing drama. To borrow a wine-snob term of art, it lacks struct...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    The soul of the grape, that thing that elevates a wine to greatness, proves here as elusive on screen as in the bottle.

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