Movies to Watch With Wine While Sheltered in Place

Sheltered in place at home watching movies? Here are 7 movies to go with your favorite wines.

1.  Uncorked - 2020
     Just released on Netflix, this movie is about a young man who want to become a Master Sommelier. It's not just a wine story, but also is a story about a family, especially about a relationship between a father and son. Elijah (played by Mamoudou Athie) wants to follow his dream, while his father wants him to take over the family's BBQ restaurant. Loved it.

2.  French Kiss - 1995
     How can you not like a romantic comedy with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline that takes place in the French Wine Country. Although the setting is primarily a family vineyard in the south of France, the story itself is about glorious revenge. Light hearted and fun.

3.   A Good Year - 2006
      Another romance in the vineyards. Starring Russel Crow, Albert Finney and Marion Cotillard. Crow is a self-absorbed investment banker who makes some changes in his life after returning to his late uncle's vineyard in Provence. Very predictable but an okay way to pass the time with a glass of wine.

4.  A Walk in the Clouds - 1995
     Keanu Reeves plays a young WWII vet who poses as the husband to a pregnant daughter of a domineering vineyard owner. It's a bit schmaltzy but kind of sweet movie. Also stars Anthony Quinn as the good hearted grandfather. 

5.  Bottle Shock - 2008
     This movie covers the early days of the California Wine Country. The movie is based on the 1976 Blind Paris Wine Tasting event known as Judgement of Paris. It stars the late Alan Rickman. Watch with your favorite California wine. I recommend Sones Cellars.

6.   Sideways - 2004
      A road trip buddy movie. Struggling writer Miles (played by Paul Giamatti) and his best friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) head out on a road trip through Santa Ynez Valley wine country, before Jack's upcoming wedding. Also starts Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen. 

7.  Wine Country - 2019
     Another road trip buddy movie. This time it's a comedy about six women celebrating a 50th birthday in the Napa wine country. Amy Poehler both directed and stars in the movie. All are struggling with their own problems, that put a bit of a test to their friendships. I didn't love it. But was okay with a second glass of wine.

Coming soon - Some terrific wine documentaries.