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Wine Appreciation


Wine Appreciation



YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE, A

Director: David Kennard

The exploding cork. Endless tiny bubbles floating up and up in the glass. An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, isn't it? But it's not just bubbles in a glass that makes the wine, or the mystique. Only sparkling wine produced within the boundaries of the Champagne region is truly "Champagne." At first glance, the region is not an obvious source of romance. Champagne's history is grim and bloody, swept by war and destruction from Attila the Hun to the filthy trenches of WWI and the Nazi depredations of WWII. The environment for winemaking is desperately hard - northerly latitude, chalky soil, copious rain, frost, rot. Yet it's these difficulties that help make the wine unique.

With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as our guide, we get a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from small independent makers like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger which have been instrumental in shaping the image of Champagne around the world.


DVD (English and French with English subtitles) / 2014 / 82 minutes

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SOMM

Director: Jason Wise

Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers and their massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam.

The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world's most prestigious and exclusive organizations. Since its inception, fewer than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The exam covers literally every nuance of the world of wine. Those who have passed have put their sanity at risk to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court has always been strictly regulated, and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now. How much do you think you know about wine?


DVD / 2013 / 93 minutes

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WINES - AUSTRALIA

Wine had to earn the love of Australians, who for years only knew the fortified wines of England and preferred to drink beer. Now wine making here is a blossoming industry. The delicate aromatic wines of Australia are unique and express the low fertility soils of the region.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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WINES - CHATEAU HAUT BRION

Since 1593, a succession of four families has kept the wine growing tradition of Chateau Haut Brion estate. Since the 1930's it has belonged to the family of american financier Clarence Dillon.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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WINES - CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD

This estate has a rich history and vineyards predating the 17th century. A cooperage on site supplies many wineries with finest French-oak barrels. Barrel making is featured in detail.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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WINES - CHATEAU MARGAUX

The history of Chateau Margaux goes back to the 12th century. Wine making methods have changed over the centuries, but the memories are kept alive in the estate's antique wine collections.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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WINES - NAPA VALLEY

The american wine industry didn't come into its own until the 1960. Napa Valley led the way in transition from homemade prohibition era wines and standard table wines to the mature wines for today's sophisticated palate.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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WINES - NEW ZEALAND

Geography of the narrow mountainous islands of New Zealand divides the country into warmer and cooler regions, each optimal with climate for a specific grape varietal. The greatest wine producing regions are Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborn, while Auckland is the historic origin of New Zealand's wine industry.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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BOOM VARIETAL

Director: Sky Pinnick

Originally from France, the Malbec grape found its perfect home in the dry Argentine climate. Its booming popularity has swept through North America and the world, reviving a varietal that nearly had been lost.

Documenting how a wine originally intended only for local consumption transformed into an international sensation, Boom Varietal talks to Malbec winemakers, wine connoisseurs, and the investors hoping to profit from the boom. Beautifully shot and with an original music score, Boom Varietal is an insider's look into the world of wine that will inspire not only your palate, but a love for Argentina's rich culture.


DVD (English and Spanish with English subtitles) / 2011 / 72 minutes

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WINE CENTS: CHARDONNAY - SO YOU DONT' LIKE CHARDONNAY

Meet the ugly duckling of the wine family. Mark examines this fascinating blend and the reasons behind why it sometimes gets such a bad rap in the world of wines.

DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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WINE CENTS: MERITAGE - THE BALANCE OF BLENDING

Learn how the balance of barrels and Bordeaux blends can create a complex, food-friendly wine that is easy on the palete and the pocketbook.

DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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WINE CENTS: PINOTS AND ORGANICS - THREE LITTLE PINOTS GO TO MARKET

Discover how grapes that are the most difficult to grow can produce wines that are not only food friendly, but good for you.

DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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YEAR IN ARGIANO, THE

A unique and entertaining look into the art and craft of making great wine, spiced with beautiful images of the Tuscan landscape. Spend a year in one of oldest and finest wineries in Tuscany as we head to Argiano, situated in the beautiful Moltalcino region and produces the famous Brunello di Montalcino.

Hans Vinding-Diers, winemaker at Argiano, guides viewers through the seasons in the vineyards and into the oldest active cellar in Montalcino. The essential stages of the winemaking process are observed first hand-from the first pruning of the grapes in January to the end of the fermentation process in October


DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 26 minutes

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MADE TO ORDER: RUTA DEL VINO

Always on the cutting edge of his field, Michael Rubino aims to discover the next great wine trend before it becomes a trend. A series of gustatory adventures lead him and his brother through Chile's Colchagua Valley.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High, College) / 21 minues

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MADE TO ORDER: WORLD GOURMET SUMMIT

Each year Singapore hosts the World Gourmet Summit, started in 1997 as an epicurean adventure to heighten the awareness and appreciation of fine food and great wines.

At this year's event, the Rubinos wow an international array of movers and shakers from the culinary world with a dinner celebrating the Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures of the host country.


DVD / 2009 / (Senior High, College) / 21 minues

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