Bottle Shock (2008)

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In 1976, Steven Spurrier, a sommelier in Paris, comes to the Napa Valley to take the best he can find to Paris for a blind taste test against French wine. He meets Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena is mortgaged to the hilt as Jim perfects his chardonnay. There's strain in Jim's relations with his hippie son Bo and his foreman Gustavo, a Mexican farmworker's son secretly making his own wine. Plus, there's Sam, a UC Davis graduate student and free spirit, mutually attracted to both Gustavo and Bo. As Spurrier organizes the "Judgment of Paris," Jim doesn't want to participate while Bo knows it's their only chance. Barrett's chardonnay has buttery notes and a Smithsonian finish. Written by
Chris Pine as Bo Barrett
Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier
Bill Pullman as Jim Barrett
Rachael Taylor as Sam
Freddy Rodríguez as Gustavo Brambila
Dennis Farina as Maurice
Eliza Dushku as Joe
Miguel Sandoval as Mr. Garcia
Bradley Whitford as Professor Saunders
Joe Regalbuto as Bill
Hal B. Klein as Shenky
Kirk Baily as Loan Officer
Phillipe Simon as Claude Dubois-Millot
Philippe Bergeron as Pierre Tari
Jean-Pierre Gillain as Pierre Brejoux
Greg Collins as Trucker
Geoff Callan as Man #3
James Hiser as Man #2
Louis Giambalvo as George Taber
Jean-Michel Richaud as Maitre D'
Luis Saguar as Man #1 (as Louis Saguar)
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This is dramatization of one aspect of the story toldi n George M. Tabor's terrific book, "The Judgement of Paris" about the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris when California Chardonnay and Cabernet beat some very fine French wines. It isn't really based on the book, just follows the fortunes of one family (Barrett) the makers of Chateau Montelena. While I'm sure there are many true-to-life elements to the family description and I'll bet there was plenty of boxing and sex happening up there, it's not a very complete telling. See the movie for a nice story, mild drama, good acting, beautiful cinematography and a slice of a very interesting story. Then, if you enjoy wine, read the book, which combines a wonderful history of modern California wine-making and several families important to that history with a really exciting story about how one man's persistence led to a tasting that rocked the wine world.


A bunch of blogs on the same day from kids who have not seen the film do not a review make. This films has won festivals, received better than great reviews, and has had audiences standing and cheering and applauding at every screening. If you love a great comedy, beautiful scenery, great actors, a true story about one of the great moments in America's wine history..this is simply a must see. Bottle Shock is Sideways "squared", no, make that "cubed". Cheers.


What an enjoyable and delightful movie. My friend Debie and I saw it on on whim one Saturday night at the Angelica Theater in Dallas, Texas. Not knowing anything about the movie or what to expect we were pleasantly suprised and delighted with Bottle Shock. Neither one of us are wine snobs - I 'm a beer girl myself - and at first were prepaired for another take on the movie Sideways and it is. However, this movie is better ! We came out of the theater smiling and very glad that we stumbled in to see it. Well done. Mary H.


Me and my wife always wanted to take a trip to sundance, and this past year we finally did. The funny part is after we got to sundance and saw this movie all we could think about is going to napa valley. Great cast, great soundtrack, and it really gets close to california and shows it's true beauty. check out the official site, ***bottleshockthemovie.com


Caught this movie a few months ago at the Maui Film Festival. Good comedy, great acting, unbelievable soundtrack. One of the best flicks I have seen in awhile. Enjoy.

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