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Sep 9, 2008 12:18 PM

Wine in the Movies

Do you ever learn about wine by watching a movie?

I learned about Corvo many years ago while watching a movie (I forget which one).

More recently there was Sideways which got me drinking Pinot Noir.

Last night, my wife and I saw Bottle Shock, which we enjoyed. So now I want to try more Napa wines.

How about you?

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  1. I don't know much about wine in the movies, but I have been drinking more Napa wines in preparation for my trip to Napa this October.

    1. No, absolutely not. However, perhaps Bottle Shock might sway us in some way, looking forward to seeing this film.

      I was already a fan of pinot noir when I saw Sideways, so it just made me laugh all the more. Loved that movie.

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      1. re: JamieK

        I just saw Bottle shock the other night. Pretty good flick.

        1. re: Fritter

          Now watch "Mondovino"...I recommended it below. What I learned from that movie: "micro-oxygenation" and much, much more. ;) I've watched it several times.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            I will have to watch for that! Thanks. :)

            There is a bottle of red split in the kitchen in " No Reservations" with Catherine Zeta-Jones but I've no idea what kind.

      2. I heard that Merlot sales went way down after Sideways. So much for people thinking for themselves!

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        1. re: Kagey

          The "Sideways effect" was very real. I actually started AVOIDING pinot after that movie, because the sudden demand meant there was a LOT of truly awful pinot being sold at exorbitant prices. Conversely, there were a lot of great deals on California merlot because everyone was suddenly turning up their noses at it. My graduate student budget became a REALLY big merlot fan. So I guess if anything, wine in movies brings out the rebel in me. ;)

          However, I can't watch a pirate movie without a beverage involving rum and/or limes. A proper daiquiri fits the bill on both counts.

        2. We got a bottle of Pinot on the way home from Sideways. We have a great little theater in Bar Harbor, Reel Pizza. Serves pizzas, hot snakcs wine and draft beer. You can sit in overstuffed sofas, use a TV tray and enjoy the show. Very civilized.

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          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Sounds great. I was in Bar Harbor for a day in August while visiting some friends who live in Jonesport.

          2. After seeing Notorious, I just had to have a Pommard.

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            1. re: charlesbois

              Yes! Notorious is the best movie with wine because the whole plot turns on wine, rather unusual “wine”

              Providence — John Gielgood shouts to his servant, "Wine, wine, bring us more wine!” as a sort of life-reclaiming proclamation after existential darkness.

              Casablanca — Champagne in Paris

              A Good Year -- French wine

              The Bond movies: Dr. No, Goldfinger and Thunderball — ’53 Dom Perignon

              Sideways — Pinot, Cheval Blanc

              The Little Drummer Girl — Boutari
              Bottle Shock— Napa Valley wine
              Disclosure — plot hinges on Pahlmeyer wine
              Blood and Wine — Jack Nicholson plays the owner of a wine shop
              Gigi — "The Night They Invented Champagne."
              Silence of the Lambs — Chianti
              Seconds — naked people crushing grapes
              This Earth Is Mine — with Claude Rains, filmed in Napa Valley in 1959

              1. re: maria lorraine

                Ratatouille with 1947(?) Cheval-Blanc. Or was it a '52?

                Yes, I'm a child....

                  1. re: maria lorraine

                    Oh Lord, I know it's Gielgud not "Gielgood."

                  2. re: mengathon

                    Well then you'll notice the Roederer Cristal in both "Madagascar" and "Madagascar 2" LOL

                  3. re: maria lorraine

                    >>> Seconds — naked people crushing grapes <<<

                    I LOVED that movie! Not that particular scene, as it's the only scene in the movie that (IMHO) doesn't hold up with time. But it's a GREAT film!

                    And I've always been partial to the early Bond films, as 1953 was my birth year!

                    The Wind and The Lion -- Candace Bergen orders a Chateau Margaux for lunch, and as it's just about to be served, Sean Connery (again!) kidnaps her and her two children for ransom, sparking Teddy Rosevelt to order an invasion by the US Marines . . .

                    Le Grande Bouffe -- let's not get too specific! ;^)

                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      ML - I am pretty sure that Captain Renault orders a bottle of Clicquot at Rick's (in addition to the scene in Paris)

                      1. re: ibstatguy

                        Absolutely. It's one of my favorite scenes in the moive, with one of my favorite movie lines of all time. Captain Renault (Claude "round up usual suspects" Rains) recommends the '26 Veuve Clicquot to Major Strasser of the Third Reich. Strasser wants to ask Rick a few questions.

                        Strasser: What's your nationality?
                        Rick: (pokerfaced) I'm a drunkard.

                        Champagne is a bit of a theme throughout the movie, with about six appearances in the movie.

                        In Paris, Rick and Ilsa have received word that the Germans will invade Paris tomorrow. Rick is pouring Champagne for Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) at the cafe La Belle Aurore while Sam is playing "As Time Goes By" in the background.

                        Rick: Henri wants us to finish this bottle and then three more. He says he'll water his garden with Champagne before he'll let the Germans drink any of it.
                        Sam: Kind of takes the sting out of being occupied, doesn't it?
                        Rick: You said it! (To Ilsa) Here's looking at you, kid.

                        You can read (and save a copy of) the complete screenplay at:

                        IMO, it's one of the best screenplays ever.

                        1. re: maria lorraine

                          you just quoted one of my fav all time movie lines ("drunkard")!

                          1. re: maria lorraine

                            Casablanca will play on Public Television this weekend, Saturday night locally.

                            1. re: maria lorraine

                              >>>Rick: Henri wants us to finish this bottle and then three more. He says he'll water his garden with Champagne before he'll let the Germans drink any of it.
                              Sam: Kind of takes the sting out of being occupied, doesn't it?
                              Rick: You said it! (To Ilsa) Here's looking at you, kid.<<<

                              Mumm Cordon Rouge is the Champagne in the scene . . .

                              1. re: zin1953

                                Evidently, product placement goes a long way back.

                          2. re: maria lorraine

                            I liked A Good Year, but I'd add more specifically that it was about Provence, not just French wine. Great scene where the snotty trader got his comeupance when he tried to impress the waitress with his knowledge of wine and she let him know that he was a phony who didn't know the difference between Bordeaux and Burgundy.

                            I loved the last scene in the movie where Abbie and Duflot were arguing about whether to leave the stems on the grapes and he said "I love that woman, she is like Henry with a great ass."