Best Wine Movies and Wine Games
Live Up The Summer With Awesome Wine Movies!
Who says you can only pair wine with food? Wine & Movies is another pairing that we should totally be shipping – and here at WCI, we do! The summer season is the best time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of these really awesome wine movies while simultaneously filling our glasses with our favorite taste teasers. Here are some of our favorite wine flicks – check them out and let us know what you think:
French Kiss (1995)
Don’t let the title fool you – this movie is an American production, starring one of America’s most loved sweethearts, Meg Ryan. While this romantic comedy is not directly related to wine, it does provide a wonderful backdrop pf some French vineyards. Kevin Kline plays the prodigal son of a French family of vineyard owners. His character in this film knows a lot about French wine and is very convincing as a Frenchman, right down to the Gallic gestures. He and Ryan travel to Cannes together since Ryan wants to go there and confront her fiance. Kline was initially using Ryan to smuggle a stolen necklace and a grapevine, but they began to develop feelings for each other.
A Good Year (2006)
This is a 2006 British romantic comedy-drama film, set in London and Provence. Russell Crow plays the character called Max Skinner who is an unethical, aggressive, hard-working London-based investment trader. He inherits his uncle’s château and vineyard in Provence in southeastern France, where he spent much of his childhood. He then travels to Provence to prepare a quick sale, only to discover a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. He has some romantic rendezvous with the local café owner played by Marion Cotillard. But the focal point of the movie is how Max must deal with a gruff, dedicated winemaker, who fears being separated from his precious vines.
A Heavenly Vintage (2009)
A Heavenly Vintage is a New Zealand production. It was orignally titled “The Vintner’s Luck” and is a loose adaptation of the novel “The Vintner’s Luck” by New Zealand author, Elizabeth Knox. The film depicts the passionate tale of Sobran Jodeau (Jérémie Renier), an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life – his beautiful wife Celeste (Keisha Castle-Hughes), the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday (Vera Farmiga) and Xas (Gaspard Ulliel). Xas is actually an angel who strikes up an unlikely but enduring friendship that borders on eroticism with him. Xas helps Sobran understand the complex nature of love and how to strike a balance between and among the sensual, the sacred and the profane – in pursuit of the perfect vintage.
Fun Wine Games For Your Next Wine Party
Planning for your next wine party? Spice things up and try out some fun wine games to play with your guests. Nothing can break the ice and get the party mood going than a lively game or two. You can also make things even more interesting by putting up prizes for the winners and some sort of “punishment” for the losers. Here are a couple of wine games you can try out – use your imagination, “customize” the rules, and make things more entertaining for everyone:
Spin the Bottle – Wino Style!
Put a twist in the good old Spin the Bottle Game. Prepare several empty (or full if you’re feeling quite generous!) bottles of wine from your wine racks and cover them up with paper, preferably the soft and thin ones to make peeling the paper off easier. Gather your guest in a circle and do the usual spin the bottle. The only difference is that whoever the head of the bottle points to will have to guess the label. The right answer merits a prize, like a glass of lip-smacking wine from the bottle itself or if you’re in a generous mood, the whole bottle! The wrong answer merits a “punishment.”
Charades had always been a popular party game. But when you have winos at your party, it’s time to change things up a bit. Test the wine knowledge of your guests by making them guess “wine words.” You can even step it up a notch and test their knowledge of “wine movies” as well. Here’s an idea: get your guests to act out various glassware shapes (wineglasses, champagne flutes, martini glasses, etc.) and guess what they are. Can you imagine how hilarious it can get? We sure can!
Wine Tasting Games
Who hasn’t heard about Cards Against Humanity yet? Some say it’s kind of a horrible game that causes awkwardness in social gatherings, but you can definitely make this game work to your wine party’s advantage. Basically, in this game, for each round, one player takes a black card and reads out the question and the rest of the players will answer with their white cards. The funniest answer wins the round. But here’s the deal: you can actually customize these cards for free under a Creative Common license. Create a wine-inspired set and see your guests and their inhibitions drown away with all the wine you’ll be pouring!