BOTTLE SHOCK (**) - Starring Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Eliza Dushku, Freddy Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, Bradley Whitford and Miguel Sandoval.
Directed by Randall Miller.
If you've ever been tempted to watch a wine-tasting contest on TV, this movie's for you. When it comes to all things wine-loving, though, Sideways was a better movie.
This is a true story (which ultimately sinks it) of a California vineyard that entered their wines in a blind taste test with French wines in 1976. They are underdogs, they have obstacles thrown at them, and it follows every plot point you'd expect any sports movie to follow. The sun shines brightly, and there are some decent performances from the likes of Alan Rickman and Freddy Rodriguez, but it's a lightweight story I've seen a thousand times before, just not in the competitive world of wine-making.