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Snooth User: Daniel Petroski

Movies and Docs

Posted by Daniel Petroski, Feb 29, 2008.

It seems everyone knows of Sideways, but I am hoping to find some other wine centered movies or documentaries that would be cool to queue in Netflix. Same with food. I just watched "I Like Killing Flies" about Shopsins in New York. Any others?


Reply by Philip James, Feb 29, 2008.

Silence of the lambs? Hanibal Lecter says "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." Just before he makes that immortal sucking sound...

Otherwise I say wait for the user RBoulanger to weigh in on this...?

Reply by VRider, Feb 29, 2008.

Good year? Not really about wine, but scenery is right one.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Feb 29, 2008.

Mondovino - recent documentary. highlights some interesting contemporary issues.

A Good Year - Russell Crowe gets to be himself as an English prick who has inherited a vineyard. It was actually quite decent... although I think only 73 people bothered to see it in the theatre.

French Kiss - Kevin Kline as a French vineyard owner falls for Meg Ryan... or was it the other way around?

The Muppet Movie - This is on the list just for the scene where Kermit orders Sparkling wine from Idaho while on a date with Piggy.

Many of the James Bond films have witty wine repartie.
-In Dr. No, Bond is about to smash a bottle when Dr. No says "Stop - its a Dom Perignon 1955 - it would be a pity to break it." To which Bond quips, "I prefer the '53 myself' before putting the bottle down.
-In Goldfinger Bond gets to drink the '53.
-In OHMSS, George Lazenby (Connery's replacement) orders the '57 Dom... a poor vintage! No wonder the producers never asked him back to do a 2nd Bond film!

Funniest wine move? How about Steve Martin's The Jerk. I won't spoil the surprise, but its very, very funny.

Killer Bees and The Earth is Mine both have good portrayals of early 20th Century Napa before the wine boom.

How about one of the best movies of all time: Casablanca! It has many, many references to Champagne including Claude Rains ordering the 1926 Veuve Clicquot - yum!

In one of the Star Trek movies, someone told me that Captain Picard makes Chateau Picard wine on some planet.

Worst wine movie? There's a 90s film called Blood and Wine with Jack Nicholson as a Miami wine shop owner. I can't bring myself to watch it... but I'm curious!

Other contenders (and they are also great films on their own) are Gigi, Notorious, Silence of the Lambs, Dracula, To Catch a Thief, Disclosure, The Maltese Falcon,

Then there's the best wine movie with Lindsay Lohan - the 1998 remake of this 60s Disney classic (I believe its Lohan's first film) has 2 twin sisters separated at birth: one grows up in London and the other in Napa.

Finally, there's a rumor that there are 2 movies in production about the famous 1976 Paris tasting Bottle Shock and The Judgement of Paris?

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Feb 29, 2008.

Lindsay Lohan film is called The Parent Trap. You know you want to put it atop the queue!

Reply by akops41, Feb 29, 2008.

arent we forgetting Ratatouille, when they break out the Latour???

Reply by Philip James, Feb 29, 2008.

"We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them here, and we want them now" - if you want quotes like that, you need to do see the British cult classic starring Richard E Grant - Withnail and I. More about drinking lighter fluid than wine per se, however, its probably the best drinking related film "available to humanity".

A glaring omission from RBoulanger's, otherwise excellent list!

Reply by Sung, Mar 3, 2008.

Oooh, and how about 'The Lost Boys' when they break out the vampire blood wine to pair it with the chinese takeout..."Noodles Michael...they are just noodles".

Reply by courgette, Aug 9, 2011.

Three years later... I believe this film came out around the time this thread began: DEAN SPANLEY. 

The wine which plays a major role is TOKAY, during the Edwardian era in England. I've just watched it streaming on Netflix, and will say that any wine-lover (especially one who appreciates the great sweet wines!) is likely to enjoy this, but any dog-lover will do so even more. And those who love both wine AND dogs will find it almost unbearably beautiful (and hilarious, and sweet, and agonizing).

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 11, 2011.

French Twist .. was mentioned.   Bottle Shock... not yet mentioned.. but good.  And one of my all-time favs... UNCORKED with minnie driver... great movie and soundtrack..

Reply by ScottLauraH, Aug 12, 2011.

@Napgirl68, I haven't heard of any of those films you mentioned.  What is Uncorked about?

Reply by clifhenry, Aug 12, 2011.

Bottle Shock is out there and available on cable; saw it a month or so ago. It wasn't memorable for a lot of reasons, but a failrly accurate depiction of what the California wine industry was like back in the 60s and 70s. I knew Bo Barrett in those days, and he was accurately portrayed in the movie as being a little prickly, but a lot of us were.

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 17, 2011.

@ScottLauraH-  Bottle shock was readily available via cable, rentals, etc.  I have heard some criticism here about the movie, but I happened to like it :-)

Uncorked, with Minnie Driver, was actually released as "At Sachem Farm" abroad (although it was filmed in Simi Valley, CA), and as "Uncorked" here in the states.  A tiny movie no one knows of, but I love it... I own the movie, and and soundrack which is beautiful- and autographed by the composer, Jeff Danna at La La land records.

Reply by ScottLauraH, Aug 17, 2011.

Thank you Napagirl.  I will check both out on Netflix!

Reply by smithdaj54, Aug 18, 2011.

I second Bottle Shock.  I enjoyed the movie.  Mondavino is also good, if not very one sided.  

Reply by Marie Payton, Aug 18, 2011.

Check out "Vintage: The Winemaker's Year" - it's about winemakers in Virginia. Stunning photography! 

Reply by randog, Aug 20, 2011.

"Blood Into Wine"  about Tool band member Maynard James Keenan starting a vineyard winery in AZ

Reply by dmcker, Aug 20, 2011.

Haven't seen 'Uncorked', NG, and wonder if the trailer does it justice. Was also wondering while seeing it whether it actually was filmed in Simi Valley, since I grew up near there and my family used to own an apricot orchard there way back when. Saw a landmark or two, and guessed it only could've been filmed in March, since that's about the only time the hills are green there....

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