Directed by: Randall Miller
Starring: Alan Rickman, Dennis Farina, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez.
You gotta love the ’70s–and this movie! Based on a true story, it tells the story of how the wine country of California was put on the global map. The Europeans didn’t believe what America had to offer was any good, but then there came that blind competition…
But it’s so much more. There’s the battle of father v. son, establishment v. passion, immigrant v. ignorance. Surfer Guy and I visited Chateau Montelena in Napa County earlier this month, the setting for much of the action and it was just like the movie. (I’m researching my next trilogy which I call “sip-lit” since it’s set at a winery.) Cool building, beautiful grounds, verdant vineyards. In the tasting room there is movie memorabilia, as well as copies of the letters that went back and forth from the Chateau’s owner during this time (he’s still there, working alongside his son “Bo,” portrayed by Chris Pine in the movie).
Rent it and watch with a bottle of wine. You’ll get an understanding of the combination of the farming mentality and the winemaking passion that goes into every bottle. The scenery is spectacular. California offers some amazing vistas, and all of them are not ocean-related! And let’s not forget about the music…fabulous soundtrack.
Am looking for good movie recs, either in theaters or available otherwise. Deadline approaching and will need good stuff to fill the well after first sip-lit book is done! One lucky commenter will win a Christie Ridgway book!