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Bottle Shock: Wine class and movie afternoon (escape the holiday craziness)
December 15, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Want to escape the holiday craziness, enjoy a movie, and learn about wine?
Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an afternoon combining a bit of history, a bit of Chardonnay, and a whole lot of entertainment.
Bottle Shock, produced in 2008, depicts the early days of Napa Valley and the struggle the Barrett family had after purchasing the historic Chateau Montelena winery. Facing failure, there was little hope for the future of Montelena until a miracle occured in the form of a French wine merchant who wanted to arrange a blind tasting of California wines versus the established French producers.
This is the true story of the famed “Judgement of Paris” tasting in 1976, in which California wines unexpectedly stole the show (I don’t think I’m giving away anything by saying that … the story is well known!).
I love this movie, and it includes a terrific performance by a favorite actor (Alan Rickman).
Also — for those who didn’t know, Chardonnay and popcorn make for a wonderful combination!
The class fee covers the wine class, which will begin at 3pm and last for 60 minutes. We will cover a brief history of Napa Valley, discuss the Chardonnay grape in detail while tasting fine examples, and examine the chemistry that is presented in the movie.
Following the wine class, at 4pm, we will show the movie Bottle Shock. The movie is FREE and open to the public. If you only want to attend the movie without attending the wine class, simply show up at 4pm.