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Bottle Shock (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 5 September 2008 (USA)
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The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris".

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on a true story of love, victory and fermentation.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$277,839 (USA) (10 August 2008)

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$4,040,588 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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The Parisian street scenes were filmed in Sonoma, CA using cars provided by members of the Arcane Auto Society car club. The automobile's owners were used as extras in the street scenes that showed their cars. See more »

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As Spurrier (Alan Rickman) is tasting wines in the bar in California, we see half of a Benziger Cabernet label - a yellow label on a bottle with a red foil wrapping on the neck. You can clearly see the last three letters of "Benziger", a vineyard that wasn't founded until 1980. See more »

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Bo Barrett: [voice-over during a vineyard pan] It wasn't always like this. Before Paris, people didn't drink our wine. I mean, my friends did. But you could hardly consider their palates discerning...
Bo Barrett: Hell, we were farmers... sort of...
[pan to empty bottles of Montelena label and several early twenties/late teens smoking hookah]
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Shock! Shock! Shock! (2013) See more »

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Drivin' Wheel
Written by 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett (as David Peverett) and Roderick Price
Performed by Foghat
Courtesy of Bearsville Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Wonderful Film . . .
31 January 2008 | by (NYNY) – See all my reviews

While some people might immediately try to compare this film to Sideways, that would be a big mistake. Both films might share wine as their subject matter but diverge dramatically from there.

Bottle Shock tells an unknown story of Californian wine beating French wine in a surprise blind taste test (no one was more surprised than the French).

Having the US as the Underdog, seeing the passion of the wine makers and seeing the French being served makes this an absolutely wonderful 2 hours.

Bill Pullman was superb, Alan Rickman portrayed the quintessential snobbish Britt, Rachael Taylor was stunning and Dennis Farina was "Bacon Fat with a hint of Ripe Mellon!"


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