Bottle Shock (12A)

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To wine buffs the 1976 blind-tasting of the old-world French and the brash new Californians as organised by the Academie du Vin's Steven Spurrier is a landmark.

But wine-tasting isn't great audience material. Randall Miller gussies up the story of Chateau Montelena's rise to greatness with swooping shots of sun-dappled Californian vineyards, whereon Spurrier (Alan Rickman) alienates Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) but eventually gets the goods from his wastrel son. Fizz and wit are promised on the label, but it's musty on the nose and dead in the bottle.