What to watch in lockdown

With extra time on our hands, why not enjoy our Top 10 Wine films and series’  to entertain you and keep the learning journey going

Bottle Shock – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

We love Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier in this sun-soaked, nostalgic jaunt through 1970’s California. Based on the true story of the 1976 “Judgement of Paris” tasting, this film is one that you needn’t be an oenophile to enjoy, watch with the whole family.

The Somm Trilogy – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

The first in the trilogy of Somm documentaries follows four sommeliers as they battle to gain the prestigious Master Sommelier qualification, including the highs and lows in the lead up to the final exam.  Somm: Into the Bottle is both wonderful and frustrating for the wine lovers amongst us, watch as some of the most storied and prestigious wines are opened and enjoyed on screen – but you’ll never get to taste them, many are the last of their kind.  Finally, Somm 3 gives us a glimpse into the stories behind the wine; the people, the places and the feelings. This time the real Steven Spurrier, wine writer Jancis Robinson and master sommelier Fred Dame gather for a tasting, taking their inspiration from the “Judgement of Paris”. Also look out for the lovely Madeline Puck from Wine Folly, who visited Ridgeview last year.

Uncorked – Available to stream on Netflix

The newest release of our selection, premiering on Netflix in March, Uncorked focuses on one man’s journey into wine. This film aims to expose wine to the next generation of wine drinkers in an entirely unstuffy way. Not just a wine film, there’s love, loss and plenty of drama here too. Watch out for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Dlynn Proctor (of Somm fame) – he also served as wine expert and Associate Producer.

A Good Year – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

This Provence-based rom-com centers around workaholic London trader Max, played by Russell Crowe, and his efforts to sell a small chateau and vineyard that he inherited from his late uncle. Pour yourself a large glass of Rose and pretend you’re in the South of France as this film shows us that life is meant to be savoured.

Wine Calling – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

With over 30,000 wine producers in France, and fewer than 3% of them employing organic or natural wine production methods, this documentary sets out to shine a light on the rise of natural wine and the passion of the producers behind the movement in Occitanie, in South-West France.

Sideways – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

For its unforgettable use of the spitoon and love for all things Pinot ‘Its flavours .. they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet’ is how Miles describes Pinot Noir.

A Walk in the Clouds – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

Yes, it has Keanu Reeves in it – but that’s not the only reason to watch this one. Our highlight is the beautiful scene showing how candles are lit during frost watch – something that is very familiar to us!

Chateau Chunder

Unfortunatley, this is very hard to find (please let us know if you can!). This program that aired on the BBC in 2012 was a fascinating and humorous (in the title) journey on how Australian wine made its impact on the UK market. Mike Roberts always told us that he remembered when there was only one Wine Shop in the UK selling Australian Wine in the 70’s, and this programme explored how Australian Winemakers shook up the UK wine market.

The Craftsmen’s Journey with Michel Roux Jr – Available on YouTube

A chance to catch up on when Michel Roux Jr visited Ridgeview as part of his Craftmen’s Journey throughout the UK in partnership with The Balvenie. Our Winemaker Simon Roberts had a fantastic time with Michel, culminating with Michel creating a wonderful meal for all the craftspeople involved at the Balvenie Estate in Scotland, where he included Ridgeview grapes in the dessert.

Of course, don’t forget to have a glass of wine in hand during your watching, preferably sparkling! Ridgeview is now available with complimentary next day delivery UK wide with £1 per bottle donated to Hospitality Action