Movies about wine are relatively few, and good ones are as rare as a 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle. Here's an overview of a couple worth seeing, and some educational ones, too. Bottle Shock Bottle Shock, which was independently released in the United States in August of '08, is available on video. The movie is supposed to tell at least part of the story of "The Judgment of Paris," that game-changing event in 1976 when a Chardonnay from Napa's Chateau Montelena and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars beat some of the top French wines. In a blind taste test. In Paris. With some of France's top wine experts as judges. Mon Dieu! Problem is, lots of stuff shown…

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Most people who drink wine but don't "follow" it haven't heard of Michel Rolland and probably won't be interested in the controversy that occasionally swirls around him. But he's a symbol of how the world of wine is consolidating, and the degree to which some winemakers are influencing wines to a remarkable degree. The question is, is this influence good for us consumers? Are a lot of formerly different and interesting wines starting to taste identical - and boring - on account of guys like Michel? Or is this just overstated, overly-dramatic hyperbole by people whose wines aren't getting the big scores? For those of us who are immersed in this stuff (get it?), everywhere we turn there's another article…

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