The Kentucky Derby Winefest will be held on Tuesday, April 27th and Wednesday, April 28th from 5P.M. to 9 P.M. each day at the Overlook on the Waterfront. In honor of this event, we recommend the DVD for the film Bottle Shock.
Bottle Shock (released by 20th Century Fox in 2008) – This is a film that tells the story leading up to the Judgment of Paris, where California wine beat French wine in a head-to-head blind taste test. The “real” man at the heart of the film, Steven Spurrier, denies the accuracy of the script. The film stars Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and “new Kirk” Chris Pine.
Spurrier invents a contest in 1973 to introduce international wines to the people of Paris, in part to save his floundering business. A trip to Napa Valley lands a floundering winery in the heart of the contest. The vintner wanted no part of the contest but his wine ends up winning. The world ends up realizing that Parisian wines aren’t unbeatable and the Napa Valley wineries become famous. Later, a bottle of the wine was given a case at the Smithsonian Institute. Thirty years after the initial competition Spurrier hosted another competition… California wine won again.
Try to find this movie and drop me a line about your thoughts or suggest a future DVD at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great derby week.