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August 12, 2008

Bottle Shock

BottleShock.jpgBottle Shock opens Friday at Landmark Theatre in Harbor East this Friday. I haven't seen it, but I love the story:

There are certain unforgettable moments in history when America has triumphed against long odds and proved itself to the world: Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon; the U.S. Men's Hockey team beating the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics. But one such moment has never received the recognition it deserves: In 1976, a small American winery sent shock waves through the wine industry by besting the exalted French wines in a blind tasting, putting California wines on the map for good.

Two things worry me. One, Gailor didn't see it or hear anything about it at Sundance 2008. She goes every year and gives me a heads up on films she thinks will interest me. And two, our film critic Michael Sragow (and you know what I mean when I say "our") says it isn't being screened for critics.  

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:33 PM | | Comments (8)


Well, Roger Ebert gave it 3-1/2 stars on August 5, and it didn't open in Chicago until August 8. Maybe Sragow needs to get better advance connections? Or are they still giving Ebert special courtesies in light of his health issues?

If Roger Ebert is getting special consideration it's because he's Roger Freakin' Ebert, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.

MetaCritic.Com has about 25 reviews of the movie which range from 25 to 88 on a scale of 100:

Hmm ... would that be Robert Mondavi?

"Attack of the Crab Monster" looks a lot more entertaining.

The dude in the pic is actor Alan Rickman. Not everyone is a Robert.

OMG is correct about Rickman, the Billy Zabka of adults during the 1980's

I am pretty sure the wine was Stag's Leap Martha's (or mabye Heitz) Vinyard Cabernet.
While good for California the big win started the big, overblown wine fad that continues to this day. Suddenly everyone was making wine to win tastings and not compliment food.

It's not Stag's Leap. It's a semi-ficitonalized version of the story of the Chateau Montelena vineyard.

Here's the story of how the true story and screen story vary:,0,3908327.story

Chateau Montelena's web site has all the true facts for maniacs:

There was movie about the Stag's Leap victory for American red wine that is supposed to be very close to fact, but is probably dead, because who needs two of these movies?

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