Burgundy: People with a Passion for WineHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Through a colorful mosaic of stories, this documentary film aims to demystify the world-famous French winemaking region and offers a rare insider glimpse into the lives of the passionate people working in Burgundy's wine industry.
Great for Francophiles, Foodies and Wine Lovers
If you binge on Rick Steves European travel programs or you need more mnemonic devices for your upcoming Wine & Spirit Educaiton Trust (WSET) or simialr exams, this documentary doesn't disappoint. It's not loaded with ancedotes like SOMM: Into the Bottle, but it delivers an extra pour of Burgundian cultural overviews and clever content like truffle-sniffing canines. If I had one wish, it would be that the post-production audio enhanced the sound quality during the Véronique Drouhin interviews. The cellar reverb had me scrambling to make adjustments to my home theater sound settings. That said, I hope Mr. Goldman considers similar productions in Bordeaux, Alsace, Piedmont (at least the one in Italy), Sonoma and other scenic viticultural spaces.
Storytelling not served
What held promise as an authoritative, 1st glance documentary gave way to a 'drive-by' overview that will leave the viewer disappointed. Nothing new or compelling was presented, nor was I left with a feeling that Burgandy wines are worth pursuing. My overall dismay is centered on the film's absence of focus to tell a story that engages the viewer, instead, all we get is, in essence, a half-baked concept with poor execution. For 99 cents, it's still a bust.