With temperatures cooling, this is a great time to curl up by the fireplace and watch a great movie with a glass of your favorite wine. Ole Olsen’s recent reference to the movie Sideways reminded me of some classic wine movies.
If you haven’t seen Sideways, what are you doing reading a wine blog? It is a must-see movie for any oenophile. Thomas Haden Church plays a soon-to-be-married man and Paul Giamatti, his best man. They are traveling to northern California’s wine country for a sort of bachelor outing. The wine-tasting lesson between the uncultured Jack and the connoisseur, Miles, is classic. The Santa Ynez setting is lovely. Interestingly, sales of Pinot noir went up 16% and Merlot down by 2% after the movie’s release because of comments in the movie by Miles, the Paul Giamatti character.
A Good Year stars Russell Crowe as Max, a London investment broker who inherits his uncle’s run down, but charming chateau and vineyard in Provence. The cinematography is fabulous, the French countryside stunning. Especially wonderful are the flashbacks of the uncle teaching the young Max to savor the finer things in life–like wine!
In spite of the sometimes wooden acting of Keanu Reeves, A Walk in the Clouds looks a lot like it sounds. The story takes place in beautiful Napa Valley. The scenes from the grape-stomping dance and of the efforts of the family and workers fanning the vines with large butterfly-like wings are stunning! Without giving away too much of the plot, the movie plays up the importance of roots–in families and viticulture.
French Kiss is one of my all-time favorite movies, starring Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan. Kline plays an obsessed French oenophile, who talks to and caresses his smuggled grape vine. The beautiful French scenery and the love affair that develops are fabulous!
So, light the fire, put in the DVD, pour up your favorite wine (by the way, if you are having buttered popcorn, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc are good pairings with popcorn,) and enjoy!