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By now you’re probably wondering when we’ll be putting the wine back into Wine and Mommy Time. Organizational posts up the wazoo, well it’s the new year people so bear with me. I know I know, new year new me, blah blah blah. So let’s get back to the basics. By basics, I mean Wine Wednesday, because it’s been awhile, and I totally apologize!
In the winter do you exhaust your Netflix list, watching everything you saved over the spring and summer? I do. Once you have memorized the comedy section on there what more is left? Foreign films, horror, drama, etc.
Let’s get into it!
This is part one of a two-part documentary, about a group of young sommeliers who are studying for the master sommelier exam which is agonizingly difficult to pass. There are only a few hundred Somm’s (for short, and what they call each other as well as themselves) in the world. World.
I have easily watched this one 5+ times and intend to watch it again.
Now, this exam isn’t just about wine mind you. It’s about the regions of countries various wines come from, and with that, the difference in the taste of different vintage years. They are even tested on service etiquette, cigars, and other topics. It’s intense.
When I think about a Somm, I think about an older gentleman in a nice steakhouse offering different pairing choices in a white coat. The guys in this documentary are the mid to late twenties, maybe early thirties. With that comes spouses, girlfriends, relationships, friendships and everything in between.
It is a very easy watch and I really recommend it if you are into learning a little something about one of our favorite things, while also laughing your ass off in other parts. I guarantee you will walk away with an interesting new appreciation for vino after this.
Somm into the Bottle (2015)
The continuation of Somm. I really suggest watching Somm first because many of the guys who were in Somm are in Somm into the Bottle. If you watch this one first, you will have a major spoiler alert as to who does/does not pass the exam at the end of the previous documentary.
Okay, so now about the actual documentary, actually I’ll just call them movie’s from here on out because, like I said before, they aren’t boring.
Somm into the Bottle gets much more into the wine itself, region’s, families and history, I unknowingly learned so much from this movie and again, have watched it over 5 times. They even get into what happened to wine-making during WWII during the invasions around Europe. There is a lot more laughing on the viewer’s part with this movie, in my opinion.
At the end of the movie, they talk about odd and unique wine pairings, such as chardonnay and popcorn! My friend Nicole and I tried it out and honestly, it’s really neat how well it pairs.
I enjoy the banter and the contradicting views of some of the interviewees in this movie, it keeps it interesting and not one-sided.
Grab a girlfriend, husband, boyfriend, whoever and check both this and Somm out together. You won’t regret it.
A Year in Burgundy (2013)
Okay, so this one isn’t as enticing as Somm and Somm into the Bottle when it comes to humor and banter. It is largely subtitled, which normally I turn off anything that is subtitled, but this kept my attention. With that said, if you are trying to watch this as a background movie while you have guests, or kids running around, do yourself a favor and wait until you have time to watch it undivided.
In this movie, you learn a lot about the history, culture, and cultivation of wine from start to end process. I would suggest this movie to someone who has an appreciation for wine and enjoys to learn. I walked away with a much better appreciation of where my wine comes from for certain varietals, a better knowledge of what to look for and much more.
Sour Grapes (2016)
Now this one is something totally different. Sour Grapes is actually a documentary about a man who was caught defrauding tens of thousands of dollars worth of fine wine. He was a true genius.
You will be taken on a crazy journey from when this man sneakily made his way into the world of high-end wine buying, got in with the big dogs, and took them for a ride. In the end, it is still a conspiracy if he actually did it.
If you like to play detective or are into conspiracy theories, this is for you. It’s a really fast watch, pretty easy to follow and leaves you asking yourself if you believe he was guilty or not.
You won’t learn much about wine, more about the culture of wine buyers, what their world is like and how much of an elite club it really is. Sit back and get ready for a ride because this one totally took me by surprise and I look forward to watching it again soon.
Crafting A Nation (2013)
Okay, this isn’t a wine movie, it’s actually a movie about craft beer. My husband is a huge craft beer supporter, you will rarely see a non-craft beer in our fridge or in his hand. He actually turned me onto this movie and I’m so glad he did.
This movie is about people all over the United States who are either starting up craft breweries, who already have successful ones and there is even one you will follow from the beginning of their journey. You will learn about what the difference between craft and the larger labels is, as well as how much craft beer actually helps our communities.
A great movie to watch with the guys, or your beer appreciating girlfriends.
Grab some wine, or a beer, grab a friend, or grab a snugly blanket and just enjoy!
Please let me know in the comments what you think of my suggestions, did you like them? Did you hate them? Do you know of any I missed?