Has Anybody Seen Bottle Shock?

The movie, not the price of below-average Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. I have not but I can’t wait. The film showcases “The Judgement of Paris.” a wine tasting event held in 1976. I remember the controversy created when, after a blind tasting, the snooty French judges rated California Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons over the French wines. It was Miracle on Ice for American wine. Just after the brouhaha, I began working at La Cave (Hi, Frank!), the first wine bar in Dallas, and I watched many a customer reenact the scenario of comparing French wines to Californian–it was great for the wine business. But, I digress.

Long story, short: Dali Wine Bar& Cellar just sent out a press release proclaiming “Bottle Shock Invades Dali.” Seems tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th, they are going to “present a grand tasting of stellar wines presented by nationally acclaimed wine educator, Master of Wine Joel Butler, from 4:00-7:00pm.” I read the whole release for the Bottle Shock connection and found only this: “Top scoring wines will include selections from Antinori, Chateau St. Michele, and the famed Stag’s Leap “Artemis”… crafted from fabled vineyards that movies are made of.” Yes, I’m being nitpicky, but boys, why the stretch? Do the real deal. Anywhoo, Butler is always interesting, the space is gorgeous, and who doesn’t like wine. Jump for wines and more info.

Wednesday, August 20th. Cost is $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating is available. Wines to be served include: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Riesling ’07 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling ’07 Antinori Scalabrone ’06 Il Bruciato ’06 La Braccesca Bramsole ’05 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon ’05.Dali is located at 1722 Routh Street. For a reservation, please call 469-385-9360 or visit the website at www.daliwinebar.com.

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