Pop Culture Homework Assignment: Bottle Shock

This is a film that was recommended to me by my sister.  Now, I love my sister and I wouldn’t want to disparage her reputation or her excellent taste in clothes, shoes, food or books but I know she has a little thing for Chris Pine.  Because of this, I didn’t go into this film with high expectations.


Bottle Shock is a movie about Napa Valley in 1976 and how a British oenophile in Paris set out to compare American creations with the French wine establishment.  This is about the moment that put California on the wine map, with a blind taste test.  The film follows two story lines that interweave, one about the British oenophile and the other about a father and son who are working to create the perfect chardonnay.


This film was surprisingly funny and at times quite touching.  I enjoyed Chris Pine and Bill Pullman as the father and son combination.  And, Alan Rickman as the Brit searching for American wines to test in France was wonderful.  Despite my doubts about the film, I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely recommend this film.  And, even though I’m not a huge fan of Chardonnay (especially chardonnay that has been aged in oak barrels), I did want a glass after watching this film.

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