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Bottle Shock

Rating:PG-13 (for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use)
Release Date:August 6, 2008
Running time:110 minutes
Cast:Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Eliza Dushku, Freddy Rodríguez
Director:Randall Miller
Producer:J. Todd Harris
Writer:Randall Miller
Distributor:Freestyle Releasing

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Description: In 1976, a small American winery bested the exalted French wines of the time and sent the wine industry into a tizzy--putting California wines on the map for good. Based on a true story, "Bottle Shock" chronicles the events leading up to the famous "Judgment of Paris" tastings, told through the lives of father and son, Jim and Bo Barrett. A former real estate attorney, Jim has sacrificed everything to realize his dream of creating the perfect hand-crafted chardonnay. His business, however, is struggling, and he's not only trying to overcome differences with his slacker son, but is also fighting off the creditors. Meanwhile in Paris, unwitting British wine shop owner Steven Spurrier hopes to revive his own failing business by sponsoring a competition which will pit the traditional French powerhouse against the California upstarts. Little did Steven and Jim realize that they were both on course to change the history of wine forever.

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