Sour Grapes

I was recently told about a wine documentary released last year, Sour Grapes.

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What’s it about? Straight from the site (love to copy & paste):

With pockets full of cash, charisma and a preternatural memory for vintages, an unassuming young Rudy Kurniawan earns the reputation of a wine savant, surrounding himself with some of high society’s most fervent wine connoisseurs. But when Bill Koch, a top US collector,and, Laurent Ponsot, a Burgundian wine producer, discover suspicious bottles, a humorous and suspenseful investigation begins into one of the most ingenious cons of our time.

I will say, I buy affordable wine. I know each person has their own definition of this. The most expensive bottle I’ve purchased is $75, my normal price $10-$20. This movie was fascinating about the prices people spend on wine, what Rudy was blowing away on vino and the investigation into his family. When they were talking to Koch and Ponsot it was amazing. Then some of the jobs the people have investigating labels. Dang!

Totally worth checking this flick out. If you don’t have NetFlix, go to a friend’s place who does and take a bottle of wine to enjoy while watching.

Blood, Sweat, & Beer

Today I checked out the DC Independent Film Festival to view a screening of a movie that sounded very interesting — Blood, Sweat, & Beer.

IMG_2434[1]bloodsweatbeerIt’s “a feature documentary about the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries.”  The producers interviewed over 100 brewers and narrowed it down to two. Throughout the movie, there are some great stats about beer, good interviews, and all around solid information about this great drink.

The brewers from the Pittsburgh-area are (relatively) recent college grads who had to submit a location for a senior year project and soon thereafter launched The Brew Gentlemen (that’s the very quick story for it).  They have made a huge contribution to help a rundown steel town come back to life. We sampled a couple of their brews. Good stuff.

IMG_2431[1] The other brewery featured is that of beach lover who has been in Ocean City pretty much his whole life and wanted to change the scene from macro to micro brews — Backshore Brewing Company.  He had to start it small because there is not much room on the boardwalk, from seating to brewery material proper.  But, you have to start somewhere.  He’s gone through some ups and downs, from the name to the size, but it’s growing and growing.  I tried their light beer and it was nice!

IMG_2425[1]The movie is due out later this year.  If you like independent films and/or beer, worth checking it out.