Remembering Alan Rickman’s Bottle Shock Appearance

I’m paying tribute to the incomparable Alan Rickman by searching for Bottle Shock clips on YouTube. It’s my favorite wine movie and was one of my favorite flicks even before I understood or acknowledge my passion for wine.

The video I really wanted to share unfortunately can’t be embedded, so click here to listen to Rickman beautifully quote Galileo Galilei’s “wine is sunlight held together by water,” while he continues to narrate the wonders of wine under beautiful shots of Napa Valley vines.

Why I’m Obsessed, Part 2 (Part 1)

If I had started this site a year ago, this post may have introduced you to something new, but chances are if you follow wine, you’re well aware of Somm, a documentary highlighting a group of students as they prepare for the master sommelier exam. I could spend plenty of time telling you why you should watch this film, but I won’t. Instead I just want to drop off a few items that resonated with my passion for wine while I re-watched the film this weekend (thanks,Netflix!).

  • Ian Cauble, one of the students preparing for the exam, says wine is living life through your senses. It’s true. When you’re enjoying a glass of wine, you’re taking notice of its color, of its aromas and of its taste. You’re also feeling sensations as of you drink – whether it be smooth or the tannins dancing on your tongue. There’s talk of mouth-feel. Sipping wine, is more about experiencing it than just taking a sip and swallowing.
  • Bo Barrett, of Chateau Montelena fame, talks about how buying a bottle of wine is always a wager… whether it’s $10, $100 or more, you never know exactly what you’re gong to get until you open the bottle and take your first sips. I must admit, I do enjoy a gamble, and I love the excitement as you begin to take that first sip hoping for an amazing new discovery.
  • Dustin Wilson, who is also preparing for the exam, points out that while drinking wine, you’re learning about the culture and people of where it’s from… it’s a way of traveling the world. I alluded to this in my first “Why I’m Obsessed” post. There is always something new to learn about wine, and if you learn about the bottle you’re drinking, you get an amazing lesson in geography and culture of the region its from. It’s the closest to satisfying any wanderlust without physically traveling to the location.

The photography alone looks like this will be worth a watch – but the talk about passion and chasing your dreams is what has me hooked.

An American Wine Story is a feature documentary that follows tales of risk and reinvention for those who are ‘born again’ into the wine industry.

Featuring Drew Bledsoe, Dick Erath, Pascal Brooks, Alan Baker, Katherine Cole, Jay Selman, Mike Officer and other winemakers and industry insiders from around the country, American Wine Story is an independent documentary feature.

There’s more here.