Top 10 wine movies

9. This Earth is Mine (1959)

Jean Simmons stars as Elizabeth, an English cousin of the Rambeau family, who arrives in California in 1931 for a casual visit with her aunt and uncle, only to find her future pre-determined with a pre-arranged marriage to Andre Swann, a young cousin of another branch of the family.

But John Rambeau (Rock Hudson), disagrees with those plans and informs Elizabeth that she’s being married off to consolidate the family’s wine holdings.

The patriarch of the family, Phillipe (Claude Rains), wanting to keep the winemaking heritage of his family pure, refuses to deal with bootleggers eager for a ready-made supply of alcohol. John, however, is not so righteous, and arranges deals with Chicago gangsters for the valley’s wine supply.

In true dramatic fashion months, and years, of lies, blackmail and conflict follow, ending with the romantic union of John and Elizabeth, and their commitment to the Rambeau winemaking heritage.

10 Responses to “Top 10 wine movies”

  1. Richard Gumerman says:

    How could you not include “A Walk in the Clouds” in your list. It is one of the best wine movies ever.

  2. The Vintner’s Luck (by New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro) – although apparently not as good as the book it’s based on by Elizabeth Knox.

  3. Alice says:

    “Tu seras mon fils” could be added too, French movie played in St Emillion that tries to represent the difficulty of transmition inside a familly, romanced but quite accurate as well

  4. Ed Masciana says:

    Sideways was the worst movie ever made, followed closely behind by Bottle Shock. Walk in the Clouds? How many ways can you spell abysmal?

  5. Joe says:

    Midnight in Paris has a terrific wine tasting scene. The movie was fantastic besides.

  6. Texas Wineaux says:

    Blood into Wine has GOT to be included!
    http://www.bloodintowine.com/

    • Al Ramirez says:

      Thank you for this recommendation! Probably the best wine movie I’ve ever seen!

      The best thing is that you not only laugh, but you learn a lot about the process and the marketing of this marvelous product.

      Cheers from Chile,

      Al Ramirez – Sommelier

  7. carol says:

    I agree that Sideways as not so great. And no inclusion of Walk in the Clouds is wrong. I am not a Keanu Reeves fan, but the movie is beautiful

  8. James Smithwick says:

    I say Bottle Shock is a great moviedom’s

  9. starlings says:

    It’s not a film, but an episode of A Year in Provence – Chateau Mayle. Very delightful!

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