Bottle Shock

Synopsis: In 1976, Steven Spurrier, a sommelier in Paris, comes to the Napa Valley to take the best he can find to Paris for a blind taste test against French wine. He meets Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena is mortgaged to the hilt as Jim perfects his chardonnay. There's strain in Jim's relations with his hippie son Bo and his foreman Gustavo, a Mexican farmworker's son secretly making his own wine. Plus, there's Sam, a UC Davis graduate student and free spirit, mutually attracted to both Gustavo and Bo. As Spurrier organizes the "Judgment of Paris," Jim doesn't want to participate while Bo knows it's their only chance. Barrett's chardonnay has buttery notes and a Smithsonian finish.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Randall Miller
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

But you know what I discovered?

You really only need three, don't ya?

Yeah, I made it all the way from

Fairfield on three, no problem.

Oh, God.

- Ow.

- So, you, uh-you okay?

Yeah, no, no. l-

I mean, " the world

breaks everyone...

and, uh, afterward many are stronger

at the broken places. "

- Hemingway, right?

- Yeah.

Yeah, originally.

But, um, you'll hear my dad say it a lot.

Come here. I just wanna

show you something.

- Just take a second.

- [Horn Honking]

So let's say you're strolling down the street.

Now, which business do you notice?


or mine?

Well, it depends if you're looking for

a bottle of wine or a limo tour of the city.

Well, maybe so.

But Pierre Tari seeks out

my business, not yours.

Promotion, Stevie boy.

That's the key to any

successful business venture.

- Promotion.

- Pierre Tari?

- Yes.

- Secretary general...

of the Association

des Grandes Crus Classs?

Yes again.

Maurice, I have an idea.

- You sure he's in there?

- Absolutely.

Every Tuesday.

My guy, Yves Magnon, used to drive him.

I see him.

[Speaking French]

Ah. Uh-



- Done.

- Wow.

- He agreed, huh?

- He had a couple of stipulations.

- Like what?

- First, I have to come up

with 500 francs by Tuesday.

You mean you have to pay him?

I will be making a charitable contribution

to the federation.

Ah. Hey, maybe it'll get you

a better table at their next dinner.

- Blind tasting, huh?

- Yeah.

Sends out a message of impartiality.

I don't think Tari and the otherjudges

need to see a label to tell the difference...

between a Mouton Rothschild

and a California twist-top red.

If the French lose,

they might bring back the guillotine.

Every great entrepreneurial

inspiration has its risks.

What about publicity, huh?

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