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Oz & James Big French Wine Adventure

James May , Oz Clarke , Mark Powell  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James May, Oz Clarke
  • Directors: Mark Powell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CFBZ1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Seen on BBC America as James May's Road Trip

Top Gear's overgrown boy racer, scruff bag and beer drinker James May knows nothing about wine and loathes what he calls "wine ponces." Award winning wine writer and critic Oz Clarke, on the other hand, is one of the world's leading authorities on French wine. For 6 weeks, TV's oddest couple drive through some of France's most beautiful wine regions in James's Jaguar XJS - with much amusing verbal sparring along the way. Oz's mission is to educate and excite James about French wine. James's mission is not to get too drunk and by the end of the trip, be able to walk into a wine shop and buy something good for under $20.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No release for series 2? January 21, 2012
By Sigwolf
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We finally got series 1 (France) and series 3 (Britain), but no sign of series 2 (California)?? Very fun show, hopefully we eventually get the whole thing...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Some of the most interesting TV shows comes from the BBC and this 2006 six-episode miniseries is just one example. I nearly fell off my chair laughing a few times just watching the first 25-minute episode! And you are sure to get at least a few guffaws - along with a lot of chuckles - whether you are a wine novice or are well educated on wines.

In 2006 wine critic, author and actor Oz Clarke decided to take British TV star, car racer, beer lover, and wine ignorant James May (who looks a lot like a young Gerard Depardieu - the French actor) on a month long journey through France to see if he could educate May on wine. They traveled in May's Jaguar XJ6, camped out in tents and got to drink some of the rarest and best French wines.

In the first episode Oz asks James what taste he gets from his first taste of a vintage wine. "Fruit juice!" is James's reply. But by the end of the month (the end of Episode 6) he is a wine convert - not that he is giving up beer - and you will have laughed and learned something along the way.

Each episode takes them to a different region ( Provence, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Burgundy, etc) and also focuses on such things as "wine with food" (my favorite episode, where James is required to prepare a "gourmet dinner" for Oz on a camping stove. Another discuses blending of grapes, while the final episode covers Champagne. Oz even quotes prices (in Euros) for many of the wines they taste. And classic car fans will find a surprise for them (as well as James) in the Champagne episode as well..

I laughed (and learned) while watching this series. I think you will too.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Entertaining Than Educational. April 1, 2012
Oz Clark, wine writer; and James May, gearhead, take off in a Jaguar XjS12, across France, in order that Oz may teach James about wine. Jame's goal is pretty simple: To take a learn what a hypothetical "Tenner" can buy at a wine shop, and to drink wine. This show should not be mistaken for a course in oenology or even wine tasting, it's not that serious. It's something of a grown-up's reality show (both men talk to the camera, about their experience and each other) in French wine country. James, at least, seems truly interested in learning, if Oz would at least stop the wine babble long enough to teach him something.

To that end, James makes a good analogy early on, reacting to an overload of information and almost no wine drinking (and after a wine spa, where grapes were rubbed on their faces), by bringing Oz into his car oriented world, saying something to the effect of... It's like I'm teaching you about sports cars and we get a lamborghini, an American sports car which is a lot heavier, and an Italian sports car that is very light, and gives you a sensation of speed, and to give you the idea of driving them, we sit you in a tub of unleaded... Right on.

Eventually the two men figure out how to work their partnership in this endeavor and settle in to more of a routine. James learns quickly, and still manages to break through Oz's tendency to run to rituals and gobbletygook.

I would imagine that the best use for this show would be among those who want to like wine but who are surrounded by more wine snobs (or ponces as the show calls them) than drinkers and don't have the space to think for themselves. In the end, it really does come down to what YOU like, although there are fairly commonsense rules, as James comes to realize.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! January 22, 2012
By K. Mays
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James & Oz are always a lot of fun to watch. Educational and very entertaining! Well worth the 25 quid..I mean dollars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun January 10, 2014
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I enjoyed this madcap romp through wines and vineyards. Nothing profound but a nice change from the usually over-serious wine info. Oz Clarke certainly has the chops to make this interesting for any wine buff, whatever his or her level of wine knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept Executed Really Well August 18, 2013
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Oz Clarke, the wine knowitall teams up with motoring journalist with a good palate, James May on a wine adventure through France. Very educational. Very entertaining.
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