Five of the best wine films
Author: Berry Bros. & Rudd
Sour Grapes: This documentary is a thrilling look into the underside of the world of wine, investigating how Rudy Kurniawan managed to fool so many with his fakes. (Suggested pre or post-reading here, as well as our full review.)
Sideways: Loved and loathed in equal measure, Sideways is one of the few wine-themed films to make the mainstream. Culpable for a rapid rise in the popularity of Californian Pinot Noir, and – sadly – the corresponding drop in demand for Merlot thanks to Miles’s famous quote.
A Good Year: It may have a dangerously low Rotten Tomatoes score, but this Russell Crowe classic from 2006 is wonderfully mindless – just the sort of soft and pappy escapism that suits a pandemic-era Saturday night in.
Bottle Shock: This re-telling of the Judgement of Paris – when California’s wines took on France’s finest in a blind tasting (spoiler: the Americans came out on top) – may stray rather heavily from the true story, but enough of the essence remains. A star-studded cast makes for a highly enjoyable jaunt around the world of wine, with the wonderful Alan Rickman playing Steven Spurrier.
Somm: Discover what it takes to tackle the Master Sommelier exam in this documentary following four candidates braving themselves for one of the industry’s top, longed for qualifications (along with the Master of Wine). It offers a wonderful insight into the geekdom of wine.
The runners up: Back to Burgundy (starring Jean-Marc Roulot, no less), Mondovino and Red Obssession