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The director and cast, including stars Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman, and hundreds of others gathered to view the film, which is loosely based on the Paris Tasting that helped put California on the world's wine map. Anticipation has been running high for Bottle Shock since the crew began filming in Napa and Sonoma counties last summer. Comparisons to Sideways are inevitable, but Bottle Shock stands comfortably on its own: It's a crowd-pleaser, charming and surprisingly funny, though schmaltzy and calculatedly Hollywood at times. Considering its limited budget, the movie is visually beautiful, relying largely on locations around the city of Sonoma. East Napa Street, just off the plaza, substitutes for Paris, for example. Concerned about reaching a broader audience than just wine aficionados, director Randy Miller used the Paris Tasting as a backdrop to tell personal stories albeit highly fictionalized stories about real people. Steven Spurrier played by Rickman is a British wine merchant who is staging a blind comparative tasting of French and California wine in Paris in the summer of to coincide with America's bicentennial.
A few days ago the world was shocked to hear that beloved British character actor Alan Rickman had passed away from cancer at the age of Bottle Shock is the story of a famous upset in the wine world, when some California wines beat traditional French wines at a wine judging contest called the Judgment of Paris in Spurrier decides to go to California to see how their wines, as yet unknown on the world scene, stack up to French ones. Spurrier and Bo manage to get the wine entered into a prestigious contest in Paris where all the judges, experienced French sommeliers, expect the French wines to win. A bit less successful is the conflict between him and Bo.
A film based on the historic event that put California wine on the Movie 'Bottle Shock' recounts the historic Paris wine-tasting contest.
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Bottle Shock is a sweet little wine movie.
It started as a small-business owner's publicity stunt. It created a small-business revolution. Confident that French wines had no competition, the most prestigious wine experts in France agreed to judge. The outcome: Top honors went to California wines, both red and white. The wine world was shocked. Worldwide, opportunities opened up for small, entrepreneurial winemakers. Steven Spurrier owned a small, struggling wine shop in Paris.
Bottle Shock is a American comedy-drama film based on the wine competition termed the "Judgment of Paris" , when California wine defeated French wine in a blind taste test. Sommelier and wine shop owner Steven Spurrier Alan Rickman , a British expatriate living in Paris , is concerned with how to save his business in his daily conversation with Maurice Dennis Farina , a wine lover from Milwaukee who is Spurrier's regular sometimes only customer. He concocts a plan to hold a blind taste-test intended to introduce Parisians to the quality wines coming from elsewhere in the world. Spurrier travels to the not-yet-famous Napa Valley in search of contestants for his Judgment of Paris taste test, where a chance meeting introduces him to founding vintner Jim Barrett Bill Pullman of Chateau Montelena. Barrett wants no part in it, believing it to be a set-up designed by the French to humiliate New World wine producers. Barrett's son, Bo Chris Pine , secretly passes Spurrier a couple of bottles of the Chateau's chardonnay for the competition. Comely and nonconformist university graduate student Sam Futon Rachael Taylor arrives at Chateau Montelena seeking an internship, and is promptly put to work while stirring up interest among Bo and vineyard foreman Gustavo Freddy Rodriguez.