"History, wars, food, cost, ego... Can there be any other business where there's so much bullshit?" Much goes into the making of a good bottle of wine and SOMM: Into the Bottle — a follow-up to 2013's cult hit Somm also directed by Jason Wise — unravels the mysteries of the wine industry. The film pulls back the curtain on wine production and answers questions like, "How many hands touch a bottle?" and "Why wine costs what it costs." Its prequel, Somm — which followed four sommeliers on their quest to pass the notoriously difficult master sommelier exam — was released on iTunes in 2013. Wise says in a release, "Somm was a great introduction into the world of Sommeliers but I still wanted to delve deeper into the profession and the wine industry as a whole."
Distributor Goldwyn Films has acquired exclusive rights to the new film, Somm: Into the Bottle, and is planning a theater release sometime this year.
"Somm was a great introduction into the world of Sommeliers but I still wanted to delve deeper into the profession and the wine industry as a whole."
In this teaser trailer, watch as industry experts open bottles of rare wine to explain the aging process, describe what happens in the cellar, and both praise and critique the wine industry. Follow the history of wine from "the Romans, to Prohibition, to the World Wars... to the Napa Earthquake."
Featured sommeliers/Master Sommeliers include Brian McClintic (Les Marchands, Santa Barbara), DLynn Proctor, Dustin Wilson (Eleven Madison Park, NYC), Ian Cauble, Fred Dame, Geoff Kruth, Sabato Sagaria. Featured vintners include Jean Louis Chave, Peter Gago (Penfolds Wines), and Steve Matthiasson (Matthiasson Winery).
Says Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn Films in a release: "Somm was and continues to be an ‘essential' viewing for the wine industry, as well as a completely entertaining film for people who know nothing about the business or what it is they're even drinking!" Goldwyn will host event screenings across the country "to build buzz leading to [the film's] release." Specific dates and locations will be announced in the coming months.