Sommelier and wine shop owner Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), a British expatriate living in Paris, is to increase his business. He concocts a plan to hold a blind taste-test intended to introduce Parisians to quality wines coming from elsewhere in the world. Spurrier travels to the not-yet-famous Napa Valley in search of contestants for his Judgment of Pairs taste test, where he meets vintner Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) of Chateau Montelena. Barrett wants no part in it, believing it to be a set-up designed by the French to humiliate New World wine producers. Barrett's son, Bo (Chris Pine), secretly passes Spurrier a couple of bottles of the Chateau's Chardonnay for the competition. Pretty and nonconformist university graduate student Sam Fulton (Rachel Taylor) arrives at Chateau Montelena seeking an internship, and is promptly put to work in the vineyards.
Wednesday, 12 July 2023 15:25
Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2023
The winemaker for Materra has a solid and storied wine history! Remember the movie "Bottle Shock" about The Judgment of Paris? Wiki summarizes the plot as follows:
Chateau Montelena wins the blind tasting in Paris putting Napa on the world wine map. Flash forward, Bo Barrett and Heidi (the Sam Fulton character in the movie) marry. Chelsea Barrett is their daughter and the winemaker for Materra.
Materra Vineyards says: Winemaker Chelsea Barrett grew up in Calistoga and began working in vineyards and wineries from a young age. She attended UC Davis and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. After college, Chelsea interned at Mayer am Pfarplaz (Austria), Two Hands (Australia), and Opus One (Napa Valley). She started as enologist at Joel Gott wines in 2012, where she was promoted to assistant winemaker a year later, then to winemaker in 2017. In 2017, she also joined Heidi as co-winemaker for Amuse Bouche and Au Sommet. Chelsea lives in Calistoga with her husband, two daughters, and a husky-german shepherd mix.
More about Materra Vineyards: https://www.
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Friday, 04 December 2020 00:00
Elisabetta Fagiuoli. Historians and critics agree that she was and IS a ground breaker, a visionary and one of the best winemakers in the world. You can hear stories of her life and work on YouTube but what you can't hear is her heart speaking. And that is what we heard when Elisabetta joined us LIVE on Zoom from her B.C. built home in San Gimignano, Italy.
Thursday, 10 December 2020 00:00
About: New Year's Eve 2020: "Midnight in France"
The New Year's Eve Tradition @MetroWines continues! This year we present "Midnight in France" in collaboration with The Asheville Sister Cities Committee for Saumur, hosted by Jean Phillipe Bourgeois, owner of an Asheville based wine import company.
Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:00
We had lunch with Winemaker Francoise Antech (phonetically "on tesh") from Limoux last week and shamelessly asked a lot of questions. Francoise was both generous in her comments and candid.
We tasted two of her sparkling wines paired with family style dishes at Rhubarb. "The wines are made in the Methode Champenoise but with different grapes," Francoise says. "Mauzac is from Limoux."