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…
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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?
MORE INFORMATION ON THE WINES FOR THIS SCREENING WILL BE RELEASED SOON
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.
Find out what you can expect in the trailer below: