1. SIDEWAYS (2004)
A classic. If you've not seen it - knock it off the list. Make sure you know teensy bit about Bordeaux before you start....
"Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to wine country for a last single-guy bonding experience. While Miles wants to relax and enjoy the wine, Jack is in search of a fling before his wedding. Soon Jack is sleeping with Stephanie (Sandra Oh), while her friend Maya (Virginia Madsen) connects with Miles. When Miles lets slip that Jack is getting married, both women are furious, sending the trip into disarray."
2. THE INVITATION (2015)
[Important to note - this intense, psychological thriller is not ABOUT wine, but we can't think of anything more necessary to have on hand while watching it. Trust us - you'll need a drink.]
"While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) starts to believe that his ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband (Michiel Huisman) have sinister plans for the guests."
Mood: dark, sinister, intense
3. THE DUEL OF WINE (2015)
"This madcap, offbeat comedy is a must for wine lovers. It picks up from where The Way of Wine (2011) left off, with real life master sommelier, the so much larger-than-life Charlie Arturaola playing himself, who, having famously lost his palate during the shooting of the earlier film, has left the world of wine in disgrace and is now working as a taxi driver in Miami, where he lives with his wife and former manager Pandora.
But when Pandora is approached by rising star sommelier Luca Gardini (also playing himself) to manage him all the way to the world championship of sommeliers, The Duel of Wine, Charlie (having regained his palate) feels compelled to regain his reputation and win Pandora back. Using his friend Lino as a front man at tastings around Europe Charlie manages to make his way to the final where he faces Luca and Pandora."
Mood: self-referencing wine comedy
4. BOTTLE SHOCK (2008)
"Paris-based wine expert Steven Spurrier heads to California in search of cheap wine that he can use for a blind taste test in the French capital. Stumbling upon the Napa Valley, the stuck-up Englishman is shocked to discover a winery turning out top-notch chardonnay. Determined to make a name for himself, he sets about getting the booze back to Paris."
Mood: Alan Rickman (he's enough incentive) + classic 70's America
5. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
Naught to do about wine, but plenty of chuckles along the way.
"The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic fantasy adventure comedy film starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story about a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus effectively preserving the novel's narrative style."
Mood: "In-con-theeeevable!" Medieval comedy told as a real-time narrative. Irreverant
REQUIRED/ PLEASE BRING:
- BOTTLE OF WINE(s)