Based on George M. Taber’s account of the infamous Paris Tasting of 1976 where Californian wines overwhelmed their French counterparts, Robert Kamen’s screenplay follows the lives of two inspirational entrepreneurs sharing a similar passion–wine.
Wine seems to be a passion of everyone involved in the film. Kamen, who owns Kamen Estate Wines in Sonoma, bought the venture after selling his first Hollywood screenplay.
The movie’s producer, Naples businessman Jonathan Rotella also has a fondness of wine. Rotella’s passion for Kamen’s wines and their subsequent friendship is what brought about their partnership in the first place.
The two men seemed to have similar interests, having bonded over their love of movies, food and wine. Last summer, Kamen sent Rotella a screenplay and the rest is history in the making.
“I’d never read a script before,” Rotella said. “I literally read it four times.”
Kamen said things started to move fast once Rotella decided he wanted to make the movie.
The pair are looking for additional investors and are auctioning a walk-on part in the movie at Auction Napa Valley 2014.