Bottle Shock is a dramatic retelling of the “Judgment of Paris,” the Steven Spurrier-organized blind tasting that dramatically raised the profile and esteem of California wines. Starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Dennis Farina, and a talented supporting cast, the film reminds us of the time when wines from California, South America, South Africa, and Australia were not considered worthy of serious attention. Against the story of Spurrier’s wine discoveries are the trials and tribulations of Chateau Montelena, its proprietor, Jim Barrett, and his son, Bo.
The movie opens nationwide on August 6, but for those in the Los Angeles area who are especially interested in his episode in wine history, director Randall Miller will appear at several local screenings to speak about the film’s story, the making of the film, and to participate in Q&A sessions:
When: Friday, August 8, 2008, before and after the 7:00pm and 9:30pm screenings
Where: Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica
When: Saturday, August 9, 2008, before and after the 7:45pm and 10:25pm screenings
Where: Landmark Theatre at the Westside Pavilion, 10850 West Pico, Los Angeles
Added subsequent to our original post:
When: Sunday, August 10, 2008, after the noon screening and before the 2:30pm screening
Where: Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
Cost: Standard ticket prices apply; no additional charge for these screenings.