The producers of this popcorn fare didn't know much about wine. Throughout this wine-guy-as-dork/snob stereotype film, the main character "Miles" repeatedly insults both Merlot and Cab Franc. He calls Cab Franc "hollow, flabby" and "pointless" and he devotes and entire 5 minute tirade railing against Merlot.
So, what is the denouement wine he's drinking at the end of the film? CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC!!! It's over 90% Merlot/Cab Franc, and obviously the producers were not aware of that. I'm only pointing out one item, but there are a number of inconsistencies and fallacies relevant to wine throughout the movie. What gets me is that it has become so much of a reference point for wine knowledge among the general population; why? It just doesn't make any sense.
Here is a story about Cheval Blanc you may not have heard:
The manager of Château Cheval Blanc, Jacques Hebrard, was outraged at the evaluation of his 1981 vintage barrel samples made by influential wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. and asked him to re-taste. Upon arriving, Parker was attacked by Hebrard's dog as the manager stood idly by and watched. When Parker asked for a bandage to stop the bleeding from his leg, Parker says Hebrard instead gave him a copy of the offending newsletter. Hebrard denies that Parker was bleeding. However, Parker did retaste the wine and found it significantly changed from his previous evaluation, and therefore gave the wine an updated evaluation in a later issue of his publication The Wine Advocate.
I always figured that the writer of the film knew the make up of Cheval Blanc and that was used as yet another device to show Miles for what he truly was.
Jaws is still my favorite wine movie. Followed closely by The Jerk.
Eric, I would definately have to agree. The story line and character development of Miles as the main character, is absolutely tied to the irony of his passionate disgust for merlot, along with many things in life, and his 'favorite' bottle of wine in the world! I've always attributed this classic and iconic twist in the movie to the brilliance of the writers. And they knew that us wine geeks would get this extra little kicker as an added bonus to the humor and irony of the film.
"wrong glass Sir!"
The Towering Inferno has a whole case of "the 1929" to be consumed at the party. Looks like Burgundy and has "Conte" or something like that on the side. Plus it has a lot of OJ which is a staple of many classic cocktails...
I noticed a bottle of Les Forts de Latour on a table in the most recent Transformers movie
The witty little vampire romp Daybreakers has some great "beverage" scenes and has a pivotal scene that takes place in a winery. After the discussion of the parts of a fermentation tank the hilarity ensues.
Sideways was originally going to take place in Central Otago but the ork population was too much so they moved it to Santa Ynez.
Coming to America briefly references Champagne service.
The Devil and Miss Jones, a black and white from 1941--awesome scene with a turn of the century Romanee-Conti being mixed with "pop" --this movie is also an early undercover boss!
yeah Bill, i heard that Petrus said no to them- too bad, since it's even funnier how much merlot they cram in that stuff. i agree with a lot of the comments, it shows the Miles character for what he is- as shallow and detached as Jack: one character with wine issues, one character with women issues, love it! what else is there for a guy! :)
i gotta admit too, most folks are familiar with the hit that merlot took in the domestic market after that movie but it's great how many good winemakers are responding with bigger and more interesting merlots and merlot-diminated blends. I'm running into a lot of really good Cab Francs too :)
lol, Oregon can't afford to be snobby yet!!!!
Paul, on the cab franc part I could not agree more. I have tried a few of the best, but by far the best one has been Delectus, had Darioush shortly after and didnt even compare. Also heard that the Andrew Geoffery I got years back, which was pretty incredible, but did find it to be a bit over extracted. The Delectus is the perfect balance with phenominal from palate grip and such an incredible center palate richness that I refer to as the wow factor.
and Bruce, geat anylization and break down of the movie, never looked that deep, but spot on.
Last night I was lucky enough to watch the movie / musical Uncorked.
I'm still not sure if it is the greatest wine movie or worst wine movie ever.
Wait, it is the worst wine movie ever.
Here is a great film that doesn't deal with wine so much, but does have a brief look at Mixology and Distillation: www.cmt.com/.../series.jhtml
Also, the cinematic feature Bad Teacher has many references to alcohol.
That was a great interview. He also said the reason for Miles going off on Merlot was more to derail his friend from going down a slippery slope. As Mr. Pickett said in the interview, the line about Merlot was something along the lines of "one line in a book that I didn't know was going to be made into a movie, let alone that line being left included in the movie."