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Movies for the Wine Obsessed

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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It was only a matter of time before my obsession with wine would eventually collide with my desire to see wine based movies.

The past two weeks I have invested time into watching these kind of movies and my suggestions are what follow:
1) Sideways (Widescreen Edition)


This movie, which came out in 2004, is what truly brought the Santa Ynez Valley to fame as you watch two men in their forties take a week long trip to Santa Barbara County.

Definitely showcasing famed wineries such as Sanford, Frass Winery and many others while showcasing famous spots around Santa Barbara County such as The Hitching Post and Solvang.  A comedy that is very entertaining.

2) Cement Suitcase


This movie brings us to Yakima Valley in Washington.  Meet Franklin, a successful wine salesman who truly hates his life.  Not a fan of his job, and realizes his girlfriend is actually cheating on him.

As the movie goes on, Franklin eventually meets the “other man” and he soon realizes he needs to let go of his baggage.  A very entertaining film that had me laughing a lot.

3) Bottle Shock


A visit to local winery Chateau Montelena encouraged me to sit down and watch Bottle Shock, which this movie, showcases Chateau Montelena and the famed 1973 Chardonnay that won out in the Paris wine competition.

Which all started when a Paris Wine Sommelier flew out to Napa Valley to find contestants for the wine competition.  But, it’s truly in the characters of this movie that have you continually watching.  A new favorite of mine.

Yes, the movie is based on the true story of this competition, however, it’s far from non-fiction.
4) Red Obsession

This film is an Australian Documentary that truly follows the love of Red wine from Bordeaux to China.  Filled with many interviews of Wine Lovers, Winemakers, and journalists of the time.

While watching you also learn a bit about Red Wine and the existing industry.

5) Somm

sommThis documentary follows four individuals who are going after their Master Sommelier pin.  One of the toughest exams to pass in the world.  You get a true understanding of this exam and how much goes into the role of “Sommelier,” not only that, but what it takes to become a Master Sommelier.

These are all films I’d recommend for those that have a passion for wine, or want to get an inside view of just a tad bit more.  Of course, some lean more towards the comedic side.


4 Responses to Movies for the Wine Obsessed

  1. Mary

    Hehe, everyone in Solvang kinda seemed to despise Sideways & all the buzz it brought! I liked it, but having read the book, I thought the film was great but different from the original story.

    • Jamie

      Lol, I bet.. completely different perspective while living there =)

      I look forward to reading a future solvang post from you!

  2. Lori & Michael (@Dracaenawines)

    It truly is a love hate relationship with Sideways. Some wineries have posted signs that they were featured in the movie, others seem to want to forget that movie. Being wine people, we of course watched the movie. I have to say, we weren’t really fans of it. Sorry. :o( We have been in the area tasting and we have had to laugh. Still to this day there are people who are going from winery to winery that are on the “sideways tour” (apparently there is an app for that) Last year, we were at one of the wineries on the tour and the poor “kid” behind the bar was harassed by a woman who wanted answers to the movie. He could answer questions about the wine, but not the movie. We felt so bad for him.

    • Jamie

      I have more to explore in the Central Coast… since just being here 3 1/2 years there’s just so much to see yet… hoping to do more of that in the years ahead though =)

      When I first watched Sideways back in college, I didn’t necessarily enjoy it, but when I recently watched it again, I was able to sit back, chuckle and laugh. Definitely a movie not to take seriously, but grateful it did feature a bit of wine country… wish more would start showcasing the beauty that arises there.

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