Sunday, October 18, 2020

Film review: Somm (2012) by Jason Wise, ****


Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. 

The documentary follows them step by step as they prepare and study together, meticulously, for many months, at the expense of their normal lives, their loved ones and their emotional balance.

The test is ruthless, both theory and practice (a blind tasting) demand superhuman qualities, memory, and not a little luck. In the end, those who pass join a club of only some 200 people who ever passed the test and are catapulted to the top of the wine world.

See my other reviews of films about wine here.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Scammer 2.0 - Rudy Kurniawan The Wine Forger

A documentary about Rudi Kurniawan, the most notorious wine forger of recent times. A warning to all wine lovers and collectors. He duped experts and collectors until the FBI raided his home. His fake wines were later destroyed. He spent 10 years in jail.