Is there something better than sipping a glass of wine while watching a good film? From comedies to an unbelievable documentary, these four new Netflix additions are an invitation to get entertained with different stories around the world of wine. The perfect excuse to uncork a bottle and just…chill. Cheers for that!
Based on the extraordinary case of Rudy Kurniawan, this documentary tells the story of a young Indonesian man who’s reputation of wine expertise allows him to get the respect of wine connoisseurs after paying colossal amounts for rare bottles. Surprising with his palate and like one of the biggest buyers in wine auctions, Kurniawan managed to become one of the most popular figures in wine tastings and auctions, where he also sells “rare gems” at huge prices. Everything changes when Bill Koch (a billionaire wine collector) and Laurent Ponsot (a Burgundy producer) discover irregularities and suspicious bottles calling the FBI to action. This is how the investigation exposed the largest case of wine counterfeiting in history and that ended up with this young millionaire in a California prison.
This scandalous crime that was taken to the big screen by the cinema directors Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, shows one of the most eccentric sides of the wine world. Are you tempted to open a bottle? Why not try your popcorn with Amelia Chardonnay, a curious but delicious match where the corn enhances the creamy and buttery notes of this grape variety.
Documentary. Duration: 85 minutes.
This comedy and the debut as a director of the American comedian and star of Saturday Night Live (SNL), Amy Poehler, is the perfect excuse to stay at home, uncork a bottle and laugh out loud. Filmed in Napa Valley, the wine paradise of The United States, this movie tells the story of when longtime friends meet up for a wine-soaked 50th birthday getaway as they wonder from one vineyard to another.
But what started as a trip for entertainment and fun, turns messier when the copious amounts of alcohol accelerate the group’s naturally hilarious tendencies, so some old conflicts reappear and some uncomfortable truths come to light.
Also starring Poehler, the casting includes other comedians as her partner in SNL, Tina Fey.
The film gets to show the mature women’s emotions with humour but also allows you to travel and almost do some tourism around the vineyards from the comfort of your own home. Plus, has a great soundtrack including songs of Cindy Lauper, Duran Duran and Prince.
Would you like to soak yourself into the Napa Valley’s spirit? Try uncorking a bottle of Amelia Pinot Noir, one of the most popular wine grapes of this valley.
Comedy. Duration: 1h 43m.
This new film in Netflix is a drama that shows the relationship between a son (Mamoudou Athie) and his father (Courtney B Vance), but with a refreshing upgrade. Because Elijah -a young man who wants to become a sommelier- finds himself trapped under this father idea who expects him on learning how to run their family’s barbeque joint in Memphis.
At the same time that Elijah is serving at his family business and selling at a local wine store, he decides to start preparing for the Master Sommelier exam with the support of his mother (Niecy Nash). This decision is very hard to accept and to understand for his father, as is a totally unknown world for him.
The tension between their both dreams for Elijah is the main conflict of this movie, that with agility and skills shows an honest side of the world of wine. While at the same time distracts and offers much-needed distraction with scenes as when Elijah shows his “wine speak” comparing Chardonnay to Jay Z and Pinot Grigio to Kanye West. And you, with which singer would you compare Amelia Chardonnay to? We invite you to uncork a bottle and make you own conclusions.
Drama. Duration: 1h 44min
With big names of Hollywood actress on the cast, this romantic comedy brings to the screen the story of four lifelong friends Diane (Diane Keaton), Vivian (Jane Fonda), Sharon (Candice Bergen) and Carol (Mary Steenburgen) that have met religiously every month for about 30 years. The excuse is a Book Club where they discussed books, shared about their lives while sipping lots of glasses of wines but always white wine.
Although they are not used to choosing provocative books, the success of Fifty Shades of Grey motivates them to pick it as the next book to read without knowing that it will be a call to action. The friends, with a new confidence after immersed themselves in the lecture, get inspired to make this the best and most memorable time of their lives.
The all-star cast of award-winners and a story that moves around typical problems at the sixties and the perils of love, tastes much better while enjoying a glass of Amelia Chardonnay.
Romantic Comedy. Duration: 1h 43m