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Bottle Shock

Paris-based British wine expert Steven Spurrier heads to California in search of cheap wine that he can use for a blind taste test in the French capital. Stumbling upon the Napa Valley, the snobby Englishman is shocked to discover a winery turning out top-notch chardonnay. Determined to make a name for himself, he sets about to bringing the booze back to Paris.
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San Francisco Chronicle by

This schlocky period piece doesn't do the pioneering Northern Californians justice. The script is overwritten to the point of parody.
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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Bottle Shock is unable to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, and flops around between madcap comedy and rousing drama. To borrow a wine-snob term of art, it lacks structure.
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USA Today by Claudia Puig

It's the kind of feel-good movie whose resolution is evident from the start, being based as it is on a true story. But that doesn't make the journey any less interesting.
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Variety by Robert Koehler

Wine lovers won't just sip but guzzle a lot of this down, and the same effect that sun-dappled days and sex in California had on "Sideways" operates here.
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Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Bottle Shock is more than the story. It is also about people who love their work, care about it with passion and talk about it with knowledge.

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