Thursday, 25 August 2011

"Bottle Shock"

Being the importers of the famous Californian estate, Château Montelena, last night I decided to watch the film ‘Bottle Shock’. This film tells the story of early Californian winemaking and the blind “Judgement of Paris” tasting in 1976 in which the Château Montelena 1973 Alexander Valley Chardonnay trumped all the other contenders revealing that French wines are not unbeatable.

Alan Rickman plays Steven Spurrier who travels to the not-yet-famous Napa Valley in search of wines worthy of a blind tasting against the best which France has to offer. On his trip Spurrier meets struggling vintner Jim Barrett of Château Montelena. Barrett, at first, wants no part in the competition, believing it to be a set-up designed by the French to humiliate New World wine producers. But in the end the wines turn up at the competition…I shall say no more but I can assure you that you will be keen to get your hands on some delicious Château Montelena by the end of the film. Very amusing in parts and a must-see film for any wine-lover.

You can buy Château Montelena wines online with Bancroft Wines

Written by Alex Robertson

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