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WSJ: 7 Wine Documentaries Worth Your Time

Author Mark
#1  Posted: Feb 23, 2018 10:06  

7 Wine Documentaries Worth Your Time
And a few more we’re on the fence about. Our wine columnist binged her way through the latest documentaries so you don’t have to
Lettie Teague onwine_t
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SOMM Into the Bottle
Sour Grapes (about Rudy Kurniawan)
A Year in Burgundy
A Year in Champagne
A Year in Port
Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine
Three Days of Glory (coming in April)
(There's also a snippet about a fictional movie about Burgundy coming soon which includes a real winemaker.)
Author bigred
#2  Posted: Feb 23, 2018 19:19  

Thanks Mark, I have seen a few of these; will check out the others. A Year in Burgundy was excellent
Author Mark
#3  Posted: Feb 24, 2018 21:34  

Just watched Sour Grapes - very good! Laurent Ponsot is the man.
Author pavineco
Registered User
#4  Posted: Feb 27, 2018 20:46  

I must say I'm not a big fan of the SOMM movies. They're entertaining, but they also promote a type of wine "appreciation" that I just don't understand. Can wine possibly be fun for those guys?

The "A Year in..." movies, on the other hand, are outstanding. If you don't want to go out and blow your life savings on Burgundy after watching that one, you're dead inside.
Author pavineco
Registered User
#5  Posted: Feb 27, 2018 20:51  

P.S. If you go thru Lettie Teague's Twitter, you can usually read the full article.
Author Mark
#6  Posted: Feb 28, 2018 11:34  

Thanks pavineco did not think to check twitter.

I saw the first SOMM movie, but not the second which BTW Lettie did not like as much. (Similarly, she liked a Year in Burgundy more than the Year in Champagne and Port follow-ups.) I assume those guys are having fun, though clearly it is a lot of work. My main question is who pays for all the wine? They're shown tasting A LOT of mostly expensive bottles, which presumably they would still have to do even if they weren't the subject of a movie.
Author pavineco
Registered User
#7  Posted: Mar 1, 2018 16:04 | Edited by: pavineco  

It's an expensive habit.

I really liked A Year in Port. Haven't seen the Champagne one yet.

I found the second SOMM preachy. Took me a few sessions to get through (not really what you want to hear about a 90 minute movie)
Author Zippy
Registered User
#8  Posted: Mar 2, 2018 09:03  

Sour Grapes was very good. The book was better. Really fun read.
Author bigred
#9  Posted: May 8, 2018 21:53 | Edited by: bigred  

In the spirit of pairing great food and wine, has anyone discovered Chef's Table on Netflix? I've found it to be an outstanding series, spanning inspired chef's and their restaurants around the globe, attempting to uncover what really makes them "tick".
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