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.
You guys are giving the producers way too much credit! I appreciate that you like the film, but please, I hope to God it's for reasons other than any realistic representations of wine knowledge. BTW how irreconcilable is it that someone who is (allegedly) into Pinot Noir would consider Cheval Blanc their Masterpiece Theater? If I was a Pinot Nut, and I'm not, but if I was and met someone with a Richebourg, I would offer to trade my Cheval Blanc for it immediately; and let the chips fall where they may.
BTW style point for naming The Jerk as a wine movie: he complains "these wines are old, can we get some fresh ones?" That's quality!
Again, I think it is part of the brilliance of the movie- in the regard of character development. How many people think they love one wine but truly love another? I think the writers knew exactly what they were doing.
The Jerk makes the list of best wine moviews ever for the cooler scene- the restaurant scene is great, but the water coolers at the tennis courts are amazing.
Then you have to count Easy Money with Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. They are in a restaurant and the sommelier suggests a Dom Perignon, 1985, to which Chris Tucker replies: "how 'bout a Colt...45!?"
Money Talks* lol funny movie!