1976. Napa Valley. One small American winery and its workers are about to show the French that the world’s finest wines will now come from the other red, white and blue. Based on an inspiring true story and starring Alan Rickman (Love, Actually), Bill Pullman (Nobel Son), Chris Pine (Smokin’ Aces) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers), Bottle Shock is an “intelligent, affectionate, beautifully acted movie” (The Hollywood Reporter) that pours out the laughs.
For connoisseur Steven Spurrier (Rickman), there’s no finer art than French wine, despite rumors that the new California wine country holds the future of the vine. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for established French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind tasting. But when he finds the valley full of ambitious – and talented – novice vintners like Jim Barrett (Pullman) and his son Bo (Pine), he realizes his publicity stunt may change the history of wine forever.
**Forced Trailers: Australia, Marley and Me, Nobel Son, The Secret Life of Bees
**Commentary by Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Chris Pine, J. Todd Harris, Bill Pullman & Eliza Dushku
**An Underdog's Journey: The Making of Bottle Shock
**Chateau Montelena: One Winery's Search for Excellence
*"It Was Just Sex"
*The Second Wine Scam
*Bo and Sam Make Love
**Trailer Farm: Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Crew
Rickman adds a welcome astringency.
Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.
Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale.
Its heart is so in the right place and its tableau so appealing that it's easy to come away from this sweet, scrappy film with a nice little buzz.
A winning cast and a magnum's worth of subplots make Bottle Shock extremely watchable, perhaps a bit fruity, with grace notes of leather, oak and no ham.
Why did I feel such affection for this scruffy, hokey little movie? Maybe it's the same logic that applies to wine-drinking itself: Sure, a great claret would be ideal, but an OK rose is better than washing down your dinner with water.
Bottle Shock is something special: there's magic in it.