The holidays are coming, which means people are probably starting to wind down with food and drinks. More specifically, I’d like to say wine is probably appearing on many tables. It comes in a variety of price ranges and types – Malbec, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc…the list goes on! I have found good and bad wine for under $10, but mixed sentiments for pricier ones too. The taste of a wine is so subjective that even wine connoisseurs can’t even tell the difference. I’d like to hypothesize “good” wine is considered as so because it’s all in the branding and marketing and sometimes it really just boils down to personal preference. In fact, the movie Bottle Shock is based on a true story about a well-known wine connoisseur who was under the strong belief that French wine was the be-all and end-all in the world of wine.
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At the time, French wine was considered the most prestigious but this belief was eventually debunked as Californian wine made it’s appearance into the world. This connoisseur only changed his opinion when he did some blind taste tests and realized he was living in a bubble. In fact, Californian wine is still considered one of the best wines out there by many. However, I’ve had friends argue that Australian wine is the best and others enjoy Chilean wine. In the end, it doesn’t matter what type it is as long as everyone can peacefully clink their glasses together in merriment.
As for the movie itself, it’s a light-hearted comedy for adults. If you’re interested in the story of how California grew its reputation for wine, I’d highly recommend watching this movie. It’s not necessarily a festive holiday movie, but it’s something to watch. Cheers!