Bottle Shock Producers Revisit Park City
Marc and Brenda Lhormer, producers of the film "Bottle Shock", flew in from Napa Valley to introduce the screening of their film and answer questions from the audience Thursday night at the Egyptian Theatre.
Bottle Shock is a fictional film based on the true story of the "Judgment of Paris" of 1976, when, in a blind taste test, California wines defeated French wines for the first time in history. The film stars Alan Rickman and Chris Pine.
When asked about the reason they chose to produce this film, Marc Lhormer said that it is the classic underdog story. "It was huge that America won. The French were the undisputed wine champions of the world," Llhormer said. "California was nothing before this. The ’76 story was published in Time magazine, and it went global. It changed everything." Brenda Lhormer said that the decision in Paris changed the wine culture in incredible ways, especially for Napa Valley and America.
"We didn’t make the film for people who live in Napa Valley," Brenda Llhormer said. "We made it for people outside of Napa Valley who didn’t have any idea that the judgment in Paris, in 1976, put Napa Valley on the map. Everyone thought, back then, that all the good wines were from France. It was a huge victory not only for Napa Valley, but for the United States."
This isn’t the first time the film couple has been to Park City. They also appeared during the debut of the film during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
When asked what it means to her to come back to Park City, where the film debuted, Brenda said, "To come back 5 years later and have an appreciative audience is really rewarding. It’s especially poignant for us, because Jim Barrett, the lead subject in the film, passed away two weeks ago. I’m going to his service on Tuesday. Just having the audience appreciate it makes me proud that I was involved with the film."
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