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.


  • Nate

    I caught it on Saturday night. While I’m not sure how much of the movie is true, the story about Chateau Montelena and Stags Leap winning in Paris (or at some countryside manor) seemed to be well-done. Overall, good movie, has some good laughs, teaches you a little about the wine making process, and makes you want to chant “USA, USA!” at the end. Well, maybe not the chanting.

    Incidentally, if they were serving Stags Leap Cask 23 Cabernet, I would totally be there…plus I have my RW dinner at Abacus anyway.

  • Pete

    Great movie! All American wine lovers should go see it. Alan Rickman is a hoot as the snooty British owner of a wine shop in Paris. Watching his wrinkle-nosed reaction tooling around Napa in a beat up Gremlin rental car was worth the price of admission. Lots of good laughs along the way, and of course, the coup de grace at the end. Go see it. Now.

  • Me

    I saw it. It was awful. One of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time.

    Basically, the script is a fictionalized version of the real events. So you get cliched, stock characters, manufactured drama, and ridiculous stereotypes. My wife and I spent a good portion of the movie rolling our eyes. I couldn’t wait for it to end.

    Supposedly there is another movie coming out in the near future about the Judgement of Paris. Hopefully it will be better.

  • DGirl

    I saw it and really liked it. It was a cute, feel-good movie. Some of the characters were silly but the scenery in the movie is beautiful. If this movie was a Chardonnay, I think would be Cambria’s “Katherine’s Vineyard.” It’s easy to drink, not complex at all, buttery and light. It’s not spectacular – like a Rombauer – but very enjoyable.

  • Todd

    Napa looks beautiful. (Of course) Bill Pullman overacts. Alan Rickman is great. (Once again, of course) Overall, an average movie. But it did make me thirsty.

  • I saw Bottle Shock and loved it. Yes, they did get some very important facts wrong. But as a former professional actor, let me tell you that Alan Rickman is one of the best in the business. I agree with Pete above; his reactions to wine are priceless. His portrayal is the ultimate caricature of The Wine Snob!!

  • Please amend the above comment to read, “Alan Rickman’s reactions when he is tasting wine are priceless.” Must be specific!!

  • Nate

    I think one of his best lines, in terms of delivery and expression, was: “These wines…they’re all very good!!”

    Of course, the ever beautiful Eliza Dushku had a great response to him with: “What were you expecting? Thunderbird?”

  • Billusa99

    We saw the screener about 3 weeks ago. It’s lightweight, but enjoyable. Lots of stereotypes. Rickman is a hoot and over the top. So is Bo, the sun — hippy rage and angst that suddenly — I won’t be a spoiler. Dennis Farina has a bit part that he plays to the hilt.

    It’s all about Chateau Montelena, and Stags Leap only gets a mention in the final credits. So Dali is making a HUGE stretch with their plug (except that it won the red, which does not get shown in the movie at all).