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Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock: Vintage Screening

Friday 31st July 2020 | Doors: 18:45 | Film Start: 19:00 | Approximate End: 21:30

Vintage Screenings combine fantastic films with themed wine tastings in Averys Wine Merchants’ wine cellars. Step into this historic space beneath Park Street for a glass of arrival bubbly, bread and cheese, then take your seats and enjoy a film accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of wines picked by Averys resident experts.

This summer, we’re delighted to screen the criminally underrated gem Bottle Shock. This indie comedy – starring the late, great Alan Rickman, alongside Bill Pullman and a pre-Star Trek Chris Pine, is based on the true story of the Judgement of Paris, the competition that first pitted French wines against the then-unknown Californian region of Napa Valley. In keeping with the theme, we’ll be pairing two French wines with two Americans, and letting you vote on the winner in your very own judgement…

We are delighted to be working with the incredible FLOWERS & THORN, a Bristol-based independent chocolatier. Pre-order a beautiful box of their handmade Rose and Dark Chocolate Hearts below – each box contains 4 artisan hearts, made with 70% dark Ecuadorian chocolate and a touch of Persian rose essence.

Bottle Shock

2008 | 12A | 110 mins

Based on a true story, Bottle Shock follows British ex-pat/Parisian wine-seller Stephen Spurrier as he proposes a blind tasting competition to introduce the French to wines from the New World. Travelling to the little-known Californian region of Napa Valley, he must win over the skeptical locals, including the brilliant but eccentric Turnham father-and-son winemaking duo – but how will the Americans fare when it comes to the Judgement Of Paris?

STARRING: Alan Rickman | Chris Pine | Bill Pullman | Rachael Taylor | Freddie Rodriguez

DIRECTOR: Randall Miller

PRODUCER: Randall Miller | Jody Savin | Brenda Lhormer | Marc Lhormer | J. Todd Harris | Marc Toberoff

WRITTEN BY: Randall Miller | Jody Savin | Ross Schwartz



THEY SAY: “A hugely entertaining movie that scored at Sundance and the film festival circuit. It’s a winner. And not just for oenophiles […] The movie, gorgeously shot by cinematographer Michael J. Ozier, catches the dappled beauty of Napa. But [director] Miller triumphs by finding the soul of the rebels who tend its grapes. Bottle Shock is something special: there’s magic in it.” – Rolling Stone, 2008

WE SAY: While Sideways remains the better-known wine comedy, this charming film is a warm-hearted, feel-good exploration of a key milestone in wine history that is guaranteed to make you thirsty. It’s a great cast all round, but a special mention must be given to Alan Rickman, who steals every scene as the vintner on his road to vinicultural Damascus.


  • This event is strictly for over 18s. Photographic ID may be required prior to entry. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anybody who is unable to produce appropriate ID. We are unable to offer refunds to guests refused entry for this reason.
  • Red Carpet Club tickets are for members of the Red Carpet Club only – when booking, please use the member’s name as the lead booking name. Non-members in possession of a Red Carpet ticket will be liable to pay the difference in price.
  • Doors will open for this event at 18:45. We cannot guarantee access to the screening room before this, so recommend arriving no earlier than 5-10 minutes before doors are due to open. The screening will commence at 19:00 and conclude at 21:30.
  • Guests will receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by four wines (2 whites and 2 reds) during the film. Water will be available throughout the evening. A selection of breads and cheeses will also be available.
  • Averys’ cellar is suitable for disabled access; however, we do ask any guests who have accessibility queries or concerns to contact us directly. We remind guests that there are some uneven areas of floor in the cellar.
  • The film will be screened in English, without subtitles.
  • The BBFC have assigned this film a 12A rating. Read more about what this means.
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US.


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