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Cheers to Cinema: 10 Films Perfect for Wine Lovers and Cinephiles

Updated: May 14



As someone who's been deeply engrossed in the world of cinema and recently ventured into the realm of wines with a WSET wine certification Level 2, I've unearthed a captivating intersection of these passions through films that celebrate the art of winemaking. For every movie enthusiast with a sip of wine in hand, here's a curated list of cinematic gems:As someone who's been deeply engrossed in the world of cinema and recently ventured into the realm of wines with a WSET wine certification Level 2, I've unearthed a captivating intersection of these passions through films that celebrate the art of winemaking. For every movie enthusiast with a sip of wine in hand, here's a curated list of cinematic gems:


Bottle Shock (2008)

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the 1976 "Judgment of Paris," watch how Californian wines stunned the world by besting their renowned French counterparts in a blind taste test.


Tip: The real-life Chateau Montelena, which clinched the contest, welcomes visitors to taste the victorious Chardonnay.

IMDb Link     Where to watch: Amazon Prime


Sideways (2004)

Synopsis: Miles and Jack, two pals nearing middle age, embark on a wine-infused road trip through California, leading to humorous and touching realizations about life, relationships, and Pinot Noir.


Tip: Merlot sales dipped post-release because of the lead character's disdain for it, while Pinot Noir enjoyed a surge in popularity.

IMDb Link     Where to watch: Amazon Prime  


A Walk in the Clouds (1995) 

Synopsis: Post-WWII, Paul Sutton aids a woman in distress and gets entangled in her family's vineyard's challenges, especially their threatened wine harvest.


Tip: Napa Valley's Stag's Leap Wine Cellars was the filming location for many vineyard scenes.

IMDb Link     Where to watch: Amazon Prime  


Back to Burgundy (2017)

Synopsis: In Burgundy's heart, three siblings navigate intricate family dynamics, their legacy, and the complicated winemaking process as they inherit their family vineyard.


Tip: Experience the four seasons of winemaking, offering an authentic look into a vintner's life.

IMDb Link    Where to watch: Tubi 


 A Good Year (2006)

Synopsis: Max, a successful stockbroker, is drawn into the rustic charm of his uncle's vineyard in Provence, compelling him to reevaluate the true worth of life.


Tip: Ridley Scott, the director, was inspired by the beauty of his house in Provence to adapt Peter Mayle's novel.

IMDb Link   Where to watch: Hulu 


Uncorked (2020)

 Synopsis: Torn between familial expectations and his aspiration to become a sommelier, Elijah's journey takes him from Memphis barbecue joints to Paris's elite wine cellars.


 Tip: The film highlights the grueling Master Sommelier exam, one of the world's most challenging.

IMDb Link   Where to watch: Netflix 


The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

Synopsis: As WWII engulfs Europe, the vivacious inhabitants of Santa Vittoria rally to ingeniously shield a million bottles of their prized wine from the German army.


Tip: The gripping storyline is adapted from Robert Crichton's best-selling novel, which drew inspiration from actual events.

IMDb Link   Where to watch: Amazon Prime   MGM+ 


This Earth is Mine (1959)

Synopsis: Amidst Napa Valley's scenic vineyards during the Prohibition era, this drama captures a wine-producing family's struggles, both internal and against the backdrop of restrictive alcohol laws.


Tip: The Prohibition era pushed many vineyards to creatively adapt, with some producing sacramental wine, grape juice, or even "wine bricks" with labels guiding consumers on how not to ferment them.


Year of the Comet (1992)

Synopsis: Join Margaret and Oliver in a high-stakes chase across Europe for a legendary bottle of wine, a journey filled with romance, danger, and adventure.


Tip: The film's elusive wine is inspired by the real-life 1811 Château d'Yquem, celebrated for its exceptional vintage due to the Great Comet

IMDb Link   Where to watch: Tubi 


French Kiss (1995)

 Synopsis: Kate's pursuit of her straying fiancé to France results in unexpected companionship with Luc, a roguish Frenchman, unveiling romance, intrigue, and the marvels of French vineyards.


 Tip: Kevin Kline's spot-on French accent convinced many viewers of his French origins. He even clinched a César Award (the French Oscar) for his role.

IMDb Link   Where to watch: Not Available for streaming


Armed with this list, all you need is your favorite wine in a cozy spot, and let these movies transport you to the delightful world of vineyards and stories. Here's to the harmony of films and wines! 🍷🎥

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