Blog: Olly WehringFrench to get another whupping from the US?

Olly Wehring | 3 April 2007

It seems like Hollywood’s love affair with the wine world is alive and well. After Sideways and … all the other wine-related blockbusters, the ‘Made for Hollywood’ story of the 1976 Paris wine tasting is next to hit the silver screen.

At the blind tasting, presided over by a panel of French judges, California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays were tasted against their French counterparts. When the scores were tallied, Warren Winiarski’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and Mike Grgich’s Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena took top honours, ahead of the French.

Of course, Hollywood’s handling of this could make for pretty stereotypical viewing – I imagine the French are going to look evil and shifty with lots of moustache-end twiddling, and the Americans are going to be high-fiving in slow-mo.

But wouldn’t this film have gone down an awful lot better in the US four years ago, when the Iraq war broke out? They’d have been whooping in the aisles, surely?

While chomping on their ‘Freedom Fries’.

The film, which will be based on the book ‘The Judgement of Paris’ by George Taber, is set to begin shooting towards the end of this month.


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