What’s the perfect pairing for Netflix and vino? A wine movie! Vino flicks comprise a peculiar Hollywood sub-genre that nearly always takes place in California, and features characters who are erudite sophisticates, crazed drunks or, ideally, both.
Along with Netflix’s latest, “Uncorked,” here are a few other films for a wine spectator.
Buttery and deep with peppery notes. Sixteen years later and this dramedy is still the film Paul Giamatti is best known for. He plays a failed writer and wine connoisseur, who goes on a trip to Napa Valley to unwind with a down-on-his-luck actor pal. At a restaurant, they meet two women (Virginia Madsen and a brilliant Sandra Oh) and bond over their lives and love of wine.
A dry, budget-conscious easy sipper. This weekend-gone-wrong comedy doesn’t always work as a movie, but it soars as a Ladies of “Saturday Night Live” reunion special. Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and Paula Pell rent an AirBnB in Napa Valley (from Tina Fey!) and they guzzle grape.
Complex and distinctive, for the connoisseur. There are plenty of solid wine documentaries out there, but most are about the careful, idiosyncratic process of making and selling the beverage (“A Year In Champagne” is a good choice for wine geeks). “Somm,” on the other vine, concerns a hidden world few people are aware of — the tricky test to become a master sommelier to land jobs at the world’s best restaurants. Follow a group of wine experts during the final three weeks of their extreme exam prep.
A great California chardonnay. Based on a true story, in 2008’s “Bottle Shock” Alan Rickman plays a British wine seller in Paris, who convinces finicky French customers of the greatness of American wine using blind taste tests. Sacré bleu!