5 Movies for Wine Lovers

You and your friends and loved ones have probably sipped wine while streaming a movie at home. But you can easily make the occasion more memorable by pairing your favourite liquor with one of the following films about the vintner’s craft.

Corked (2009)

If you’re just a little bit intimidated by all the selections of wine in Vancouver shops, you’ll love the way this mockumentary skewers four over-serious wineries in the Northern California wine country. They’re all competing for the blessings of a celebrity wine critic whose word can elevate them to legendary status. Naturally, you’ll need a Napa vintage to imbibe for this one.

Bottle Shock (2008)

Alan Rickman gives all the best lines as a Parisian wine shop owner who looks for the top wines of Napa Valley to compete in a French wine contest. Even though he is actually British and “technically not French,” he believes France makes the better Chardonnay. Bill Pullman plays the Napa vintner whose offerings are on the line and Chris Pine is his son whose scraggly blond locks don’t interfere with his hunkiness. Pair this drama comedy with a fine Chardonnay from a liquor store in downtown Vancouver.

Sideways (2004)

You can easily imagine Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church haunting liquor stores in Vancouver as buddies on a wine-tasting road trip to make up for reaching middle age without any accomplishments. Except this one takes place in California’s wine country. You’ll want a Merlot for this one (unless you hate it as much as Giamatti’s character does).

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Admit it. While you love a fine rosé, you often slip into a beer store in Vancouver to grab a cold one just because it’s less fussy and more fun. Along those lines, you can cheer Burt Reynolds who, as Bandit, runs a trailer loaded with beer over state lines while being chased by Jackie Gleason. Sally Fields adds to the fun when she’s picked up by Bandit as a hitchhiking bride on the lam from her wedding.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

Pick up an Italian vintage as your liquor in Vancouver before you marvel at this twice-Oscar-nominated vehicle for Anthony Quinn. During World War II, he evolves from the town’s drunken fool to an inspirational hero just in time to lead the inhabitants of Santa Vittoria in hiding their million bottles of locally produced wine from the German invaders.