If you enjoy wine and movies about wine, which seems like a winning combination, then you’ve likely savored director Alexander Payne’s 2004 Best Picture nominee, Sideways and writer/director Randall Miller’s 2008 film gem about the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” story, Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Bill Pullman.
Good films indeed, but if you are really into wine — really, really into wine — then you will need to check out the DVD release coming from Icarus Films and The Kimstim Collection on Mar. 17.
It’s filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter’s Mondovino: The Series — note, this is not the 2004 feature-length documentary of the same name, but the complete ten-part series that Nossiter filmed over a four-year period. This is the real deal, a four-disc collection featuring ten separate “wine adventures” (filmed in five different languages) derived from Nossiter’s journeys to the various wine producing regions of the world.
It is a real eye-opener. There’s snob wine and industrial wine (crude distinctions to be sure) and a war rages between the two camps, but it’s all good (yup, it’s ALL GOOD)!!!
After you’ve finished Mondovino: The Series you will know your wines … school is in session, so enjoy the journey.