A Shared Passion
By Barrie Cleveland
We all love our passions and the best ones are the ones we can share. In this entertaining and delightful story we follow a group of diverse, accomplished and frequently eccentric individuals as they share their “Passion For The Vine.”
A mega rock star, a Super Bowl winning coach, a reality TV star, a Grammy winning songwriter, a former US Ambassador and other unique individuals share the love of the grape. Though the prism of these personalities we learn about the lifestyle, the wine and about those who share the love of the grape.
I thoroughly enjoyed this narrative of wine and the individual stories of how their passion for wine developed. Hobbies became vocations and interests became almost obsessions in this lively and amusing look at wine.
This DVD will make a fine addition to the library of anyone who enjoys and shares his or her passion of growing, producing or tasting wine.
Vino Veritas (In wine there is truth!)
I thoroughly enjoyed watching A Passion for the Vine! Your subjects talking straight to camera rather than an interviewer works very well because they are all so articulate and didn’t appear to need much prompting. I especially enjoyed watching and listening to Adam Housley, his wife Tamera, Kathryn Hall and Dick Vermeil. I certainly prefer the stories about people who are more ‘hands-on’. The difference between the two ‘rockers’ Jonathon Cain and David Coverdale was interesting, both in personality and their involvement in the winemaking process.
Graeme Lofts, Author: Heart & Soul: Australia’s First Families of Wine 2nd place winner, 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
As a Frenchman, watching A Passion for the Vine triggered a cascade of wonderful childhood memories. From the feeling of conviviality of an aperitif to the sophistication of a Christmas dinner with family, it reminded me that wine sits on the table for lunch and dinner as well as in the center of the French culture. It is not unlikely at family celebrations for parents to let children have a taste of wine by putting a few drops into a glass of water, or to give children permission to drink the last sip of a “flute de Champagne”.
Having taught the French language over the past thirty years, what touched me the most in this movie is the fact that wine, above all, becomes an international common language that brings people together. As we are fond of saying with a good glass of wine in hand, “A votre santé!” To your good health!
Professor Kenny Buquen
For the legions of people who love wine, “A Passion for the Vine” is a must. In this inspired and lively montage, we meet people from diverse and impressive backgrounds—NFL coaches, rock musicians, business execs, a chef, TV journalists, even a former ambassador—all of whom are now successful California wine-makers. They share with us their stories on how they became educated on grapes, soil, and sun and inspired to devote themselves to making world-class vintages. But more importantly, it is their shared passion that makes this film a lovely celebration of wine.
Gary Braver, bestselling and award winning author of Tunnel Vision