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An Awful Distortion of the truth....a film to avoid.
on March 11, 2016
On the occasion of the anniversary of the Paris tasting, which this awful film purports to recount, time to set the record straight. The movie says "Based on a true story". Hardly. It takes the wonderful true story of a poor Yugoslav immigrant, Mike Grgich, who arrives in CA without a penny to his name and works alongside several famous wine makers to learn the ropes and who ultimately lands a job at Chateau Montelena and changes it. Instead the movie posits a worthless no account son, warring with his father, joined by a hippie woman intern and a chip on his shoulder Mexican and places them at Chateau Montelena next to the going broke father. The Mexican makes the wine, because Mexicans know the land. In reality the broke father, Jim Barret, in fact was a wealthy Southern Cal lawyer backed by mega rich shopping center developer Ernie Hahn. The distortions in the movie are too much for words. Instead of the compelling true story we get Hollywood stereotypical narratives: father son conflict, discrimination against worthy Hispanics, a 2010 bar scene transported back to 1976. In short the film is a butchery of reality.