A Comedy about Wine, Romance, and other perilous adventures!
Our April Free Movie:
Our next free Movie in the Vineyard is Year of the Comet (1992).
The film is best described as:
“A Romancing the Stone-style adventure” It provides a lighthearted depiction of the world of high end wine mixed into a story that blends comedy, adventure, and romance.
The film is described best in a review done by H. Bala:
“a (…) lighthearted foray into a world where wine, skullduggery, and the quest for eternal youth bump heads. Tim Daly is outstanding as Oliver Plexico, the boorish, semi-dashing hero with the lower back affliction.
Here’s the plot: Miller plays the prim and proper (but very pretty) Margaret Harwood, the daughter of a London wine merchant. Margaret is steeped in wine lore, certainly knowing much more about the trade than her snooty, British half-brother. But, because she’s a woman, she’s relegated to handling the menial, every day tasks of the business. (…)She finally gives her father an ultimatum: assign her a legitimate project or she walks. Her father, knowing her worth, reluctantly caves, and Margaret is off to Scotland to catalogue a castle’s wine cellar.
There, she stumbles into intrigue and great peril as she unearths a giant, dusty bottle of rare vintage, labeled as an 1811 Lafite and possibly once belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte. Incidentally, 1811 is referred to as the Year of the Comet, the “most legendary year in the history of wine.” The very next morning, she meets up with crass, beer swilling Oliver Plexico (Daly), the errand boy of a Texas wine connoisseur who’d already agreed to purchase the Lafite. But, shortly after, Margaret and Plexico find themselves in mortal danger as various strange and intimidating men begin to pursue them.
All this hoopla for a bottle of wine, or as Oliver Plexico bemusedly wonders, “I can’t believe we’re doing all this for a beverage.” But the movie works, and works wonderfully. The very capable William Goldman scribes the screenplay and turns what could’ve been a dull, mediocre story into something that’s (…) frothy, engagingly tongue-in-cheek, and very romantic. And let’s not forget funny. The film also benefits from the delightful backdrops of the French Riviera and Scotland.”
Read Bala’s full review at: https://www.amazon.com/Year-of-the-Comet/dp/B001Q567R8
Our Pre-Screening Party:
The movie is free, but for even more fun and excitement come to our pre-screening party. Inspired by the adventurous nature of a Year of the Comet’s plot line we will be creating a tasting adventure, where you will travel from station to station enjoying a European cheese paired with a variety of Victorianbourg wines. Join us for a tour of the senses both on and off-screen! Tickets to attend the pre-screening party are $5.
About Movies in the Vineyard:
Our Movies in the Vineyard series is a must see! For all of our customers who love wine just as much as we do we have created a movie series where each film showcases breathtaking vineyards, wineries, and of course wine! Relax and unwind as you escape into the on-screen world of wine and winemaking. Glasses and bottles of wine will be available for purchase so you can sip along with the characters in each film. Furthermore, the series covers a wide variety of genres ranging from horror to romance to comedy, so there is something for everyone. The best part is the screenings are free and all are welcome to attend! As a kick off to each film we will be hosting a pre-screening party where snacks and wine will be available. We hope you can make it!
**NB: Aprils’s screening will take place inside the tasting room so there will be limited seating. We highly recommend calling and reserving you spot ahead of time to guarantee your spot for Year of the Comet by calling the winery at 716-751-6576 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org**
Friday, April 21st, 2017
Prescreening Party 7:30-8
Screening begins @ 8
Victorianbourg Wine Estate
* Limited seating available *