All it took was one line of dialogue to single-handedly disrupt the Merlot industry. Fifteen years later, the poor grape is just now starting to make a comeback.
So, could “Wine Country” also have a severe, lasting and negative impact on Napa Valley? Will it attract the kind of large, rowdy groups, who care more about selfies than learning the craft of wine, that tasting rooms hate most?
George Blanckensee, director of hospitality at Chateau Montelena, recalls the mania that ensued after “Bottle Shock” hit screens on 2008. They had such a tremendous boost in visitorship that they had to create a new parking lot to accommodate more than 150 extra cars.
This sounds like a fun movie, shot in my general neck of the woods. I never ran into the production while it was here, but then I can’t afford to drink Napa Valley wines so wasn’t at any of the featured wineries. There have been a lot of movies shot in the valley. I was was actually in one—and ended up, not on the cutting room floor, but definitely out of frame. Oh well, I got paid anyway. Need to fill that frame.
“As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
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