Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Bottle Shock Movie's New Contender

The movie Bottle Shock has had a good reception but has come in for some criticism from various quarters. It fails to mention the fact that it was winemaker Miljenko "Mike" Grgich who made Chateau Montelena's winning wine and omits (until the closing credits) any mention of the red wine that triumphed over the French - Warren Winiarski's 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. If you like, Bottle Shock was the white wine version of the Judgement of Paris Tasting in 1976. Despite the holes and poetic licence it is a great film and I am mightily pleased just to see a film on wine – let alone 2!

Bottle Shock has had a contender in the ranks ever since it was on the drawing board and this is the officially sanctioned version of the book The Judgement of Paris by George Taber. The screenplay is by Robert Kamen (The Fifth Element, A Walk In The Clouds and Transformers) and after being delayed by the writers strike in Hollywood the script is now finished. Kamen says that he is currently raising funds and waiting for Bottle Shock to work its way through the system. Movie buff sites display the release date as 2010. Kamen's story will focus more on the red wine of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and I can't wait to see how a writer of Kamen's magnitude will cover the story!

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