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Wine Tasting (2017) Online
Original Title :
Wine Tasting
Genre :
Movie / Drama
Year :
Directror :
Josh Mitchell
Cast :
Josh Mitchell,Vanja Kapetanovic,Jesse O'Neill
Writer :
Justin Samuels
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Time :
1h 30min
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Wine Tasting (2017) Online

Wine Tasting presents the damage that high-pressure careers cause in the lives of four men. John, Mateo, Franco, and Ed are good friends and professional wine tasters. They sacrifice considerable sums of money and time in order to pass the sommelier exam. Their relationship is tested when one out of the four guys doesn't pass - leading to a series of scandalous repercussions. {locallinks-homepage}
Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Mitchell Josh Mitchell - Mateo Velez
Vanja Kapetanovic Vanja Kapetanovic - Franco Garcia
Jesse O'Neill Jesse O'Neill - John Lorenz
Josh Thrower Josh Thrower - Ed Tate
Jenae Altschwager Jenae Altschwager - Josefina Dumond
Gary D. Lopez Gary D. Lopez - Jose Fernandez
Alysa Scanzano Alysa Scanzano - Ana Moretti
Samuel Whitehill Samuel Whitehill - Frank Lorenz - Proctor & John's Father
Yvette Gregory Yvette Gregory - Beatriz Jones
Ash Kadian Ash Kadian - Dev Jindal - Addict
John Woodard John Woodard - Oscar Santiago - Addict Counselor
Rose Wakesho Rose Wakesho - Rose Brinly
John Chia-Lin Chang John Chia-Lin Chang - Bobby Wong
Michael C. Higgins Michael C. Higgins - Himself - Proctor
Tandi Tugwell Tandi Tugwell - Joan Worthington - Bar Manager

User reviews



We tried to watch this, but the acting was sooo bad, we had to turn it off after about 10 minutes.


Greetings again from the darkness. The film isn't likely to teach you much about wine, wine history or even wine tasting (despite the title), but at least you won't have to watch Paul Giamatti guzzle the spit bucket. Director Josh Mitchell and writer Justin Samuels have combined on this look at four friends studying for the Master Sommelier exam, as well as how their friendship is impacted by the results.

The opening scene finds the four lads drilling blindfolded for the tasting section. When they are told their answers are "not even close", we realize there is a bit of humor mixed in with the highly stressful process that requires years of studying and practice (and a high failure rate). It's also our first indication that the film is a bit stagey, and that the cast may not have the acting chops we are accustomed to seeing on the silver screen. However, this is not a factor of effort, as everyone involved seems committed to their roles and the project.

The director Josh Mitchell plays Mateo, a chef who finds support not just with his buddies, but also with an understanding girlfriend played by Alysa Scanzano. Jesse O'Neill plays John, who tries to handle the stress and long hours with a boost from cocaine; while Josh Thrower portrays Ed, the wine taster who succumbs to alcoholism after his girlfriend dumps him. The most colorful character of the four is Franco, a rowdy and opportunistic Serbian played by Vanja Kapetanovic. These four toss around the "dude's" and "bro's" at a pace that would make any stoner movie proud.

The film is at its best when focused on the pressure of preparing for the exam, and it's the second half that reminds us of the power of friendship … though it leans a bit heavy on dude-drama. The Jason Wise documentary Somm (2012) provides a more detailed, behind-the-curtain look at what it takes to become a Sommelier, and of course, Sideways (2004) and Bottle Shock (2006) are the two best known films centered on wine tasting and wine competition, respectively. While this one isn't at the level of those films, its description of "fire hose of information" and the relentless studying and commitment to the cause, do hit home.