Idaho wine hits the big screen

By on February 24, 2013

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BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Wine Commission has put together a fun and tasty event that brings wine lovers and their favorite movies together at the historic Egyptian Theater.

Called “UnWined at the Movies,” the inaugural event takes place Wednesday, March 27.

idaho winePatrons will taste from nine Snake River Valley wineries and enjoy food from 3 Girls Catering. They will then enjoy the 2008 film “Bottle Shock,” a loose and entertaining interpretation of the famous 1976 “Judgment of Paris” tasting that propelled the American wine industry into the global spotlight.

The film stars Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Rachael Taylor. It focuses on the story of Chateau Montelena in Napa Valley, whose 1973 Chardonnay finished first in a blind tasting of California wines and white Burgundies. (The judging also included red Bordeaux vs. California Cabernet Sauvignons, and the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon also won.)

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with the film beginning at 6:30. Cost is $25. (Click for more information or to purchase tickets.)

Idaho wine being poured

The wineries pouring will include:

The wineries will pour prior to the movie, as well as throughout the film.

Moya Shatz Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission, is excited about this new event.

“We plan on doing the event at least once a year,” she said, “perhaps more, if it’s well received.”

She said the plan is to always include wine-related movies.

Historic Egyptian Theater teams with Idaho wine

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The Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise. (Courtesy of Wikipedia and Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, ID,1-BOISE,8-10)

The Egyptian Theater is at 700 W. Main St. in Boise. Opened in 1927, the theater’s design was inspired by King Tut’s tomb, which had recently been discovered. It has gone through many changes through the years and has been known as the Fox Theater in the 1940s and the Ada Theater in the ’50s. It was restored to its original glory in 1999 and now is downtown Boise’s last remaining single-screen movie theater. It plays host to film festivals, concerts and first-run movies.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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