Wine Movies to Go With Your Wine (For Under $25)

The best way to learn is by doing, which means the best way to learn about wine is by drinking it, right? These four films give unique insight into the world of wine – from how it’s made, to it’s impact on culture and it’s role in our lives both big and small. We’ve paired each film with a wine valued at $25 or less, so grab a bottle and start watching! Bonus: This list makes the perfect movie marathon checklist if you’re looking for something to do in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris.


The NVFF Alumni film SOMM (2012) and director Jason Wise’s followup SOMM Into the Bottle (2015) have both garnered rave reviews from festival-goers in past years. SOMM give viewers an insightful look into the world of sommeliers and documents the journey of four somms who hope to pass their master exam. SOMM Into the Bottle takes a different spin, diving literally “into the bottle” to uncover the mysteries behind wine as a beverage itself. Both are littered with interesting facts and wine “celebrity” appearances, as well as a heavy dose of Wise’s humor. Learn something and get a laugh, what could be better?


Jean-Paul Brun FRV100 “Terres Dorees” NV ($22) –  Bubbles pair perfectly with Jason Wise’s directorial humor making this juicy, fruity sparkling wine from famed Beaujolais producer Jean-Paul Brun the perfect pair. This wine screams summer in a bottle and is a fun “adult soda” of sorts. Not to mention the clever FRV100 name is the perfect play on “effervescent,” and we can’t resist a good play on words.


How did California sky rocket to wine infamy? Bottle Shock dramatizes the unforgettable story of California vintners’ rise to fame at the 1976 Judgement of Paris, where California took the prize for “Best Wine” over the French. It also happens to be the 40th reunion of said event, which means this film couldn’t be more poignant. Fun Fact: NVFF founders Marc and Brenda Lhormer are among the producers for this film.

Catch Bottle Shock: Uncorked at the Napa Valley Opera House on June 18.


Chateau Montelena 2014 Potter Valley Riesling ($25) | These days, it’s difficult to find a Judgement of Paris participant’s wine for less than $25, but we did find one! Try Chateau Montelena’s 2014 Potter Valley Riesling with aromas of honeysuckle and lemon blossom and a lively acidity. Feeling like splurging? Try their Chardonnay and see what the hype is all about.

SIDEWAYS (2004) 

Two middle aged men, one soon to be married, head off on one last hurrah to indulge in the wines of the Santa Ynez Valley. The film is an adaptation of the Rex Pickett novel of the same name and won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. If that doesn’t convince you to watch, the film is also held largely responsible for the 2% drop in Merlot sales and 16% rise in Pinot Noir sales following its release in 2004. You’ll have to watch to find out why.


Flora Springs 2012 Merlot ($25) Because we love to root for the underdog, we’ve pairedSideways with a Merlot. Oh, the irony. Priced at $25 this 100% Merlot is juicy, with notes of black cherry, plum, cinnamon, and clove balanced with toasty oak and nice acidity.

A GOOD YEAR (2006)

You didn’t think we’d leave out a romantic comedy, did you? A British investment broker (Russell Crowe) inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, and gains a new lease on life as he works to renovate the estate for sale. Wine + romance = the ultimate. You’ll need a glass (or two) to fully embrace this experience.


Château Terre Forte Côtes-du-Rhône “Rouge!” 2013 ($15) Romance screams red wine, and so does Château Terre Forte Côtes-du-Rhône “Rouge!” – litterally. Try the 2013 vintage chilled or unchilled for a light, spicy Grenache wine that pairs perfectly with the emotional indulgence that is the romcom genre.

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