Tag: Wine Movies

Promises and Potions: Tasting Merkin Vineyards Shinola Red

Promises and Potions: Tasting Merkin Vineyards Shinola Red

If this wine is any indication, Maynard James Keenan does indeed know shit from Shinola. I’ve been exploring the world of celebrity wines again recently. Most of them are pretty crap, but occasionally you find one that’s actually quite good. Without fail, these are always 

Book review: Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th edition

Book review: Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th edition

If there’s one book I recommend all wine enthusiasts possess—no matter their level of knowledge or interest in wine—it’s the Oxford Companion to Wine (OCW). Yes, it’s an encyclopedia: bloody heavy and astonishingly comprehensive. It’s also fun to read, despite what you might expect from 

Wine Movie Reviews: from Sideways to SOMM

Wine Movie Reviews: from Sideways to SOMM

I’ve been marathoning wine movies over the last couple weeks and decided to write some capsule reviews of the better-known ones for this week’s Vue column. Here are the expanded versions: Sideways (I just wrote an in-depth post comparing the movie and book versions of 

Sideways: comparing Payne’s movie with Pickett’s book

Sideways: comparing Payne’s movie with Pickett’s book

“It’s very possible his film will be better than my book.” – Rex Pickett, referring to director Alexander Payne Truer words were never spoken. Sideways is one of those rare exceptions in which the movie is better than the book. Far, far better. I saw