-->'''Steven Spurrier:''' (looking bemusedly at an array of California wines) "These wines are... all so... good."
-->'''Jo the Bartender:''' (irritatedly) "What did you expect? Thunderbird?"

''Bottle Shock'' is a {{dramedy}}, set in 1976, about winemakers in California, and a wine merchant from England with a shop in France. The wine merchant, Steven Spurrier (Creator/AlanRickman), seeking a way to increase business and noticing how American wines are starting to become slightly more popular, decides to hold a competition, called The Judgment of Paris.

While touring America looking for David wineries to compete against the Goliath-like French wineries, Spurrier encounters the Barrett family in (not yet famous) Napa Valley, who seem up to the task. Jim Barrett (BillPullman) will have none of it, though, thinking this is just a way to embarrass his family on the world stage. His son Bo (ChrisPine), on the other hand, thinks of this as an opportunity and decides to enter their vintages without his father's permission. In the end, California wines triumph over French and usher in a new age of wine drinking the world over.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* BoxingLesson: Jim gives one to Bo as a way to release tension.
* BrandNamesAreBetter: All the judges acknowledge that it's not even possible for the Americans to challenge the French in winemaking. Fortunately, blind taste testing proved otherwise.
* BreakTheHaughty: Used occasionally with Steven.
* DavidVersusGoliath: California vs. French wines.
* {{Dramedy}}
* DrunkenBoxing: Bo outside a bar, while explaining to his opponent how he's telegraphing his punches.
* ForegoneConclusion: California wines go on to become world renowned, as anyone who knows the first thing about wine knows today.
* GrailInTheGarbage: The winning Chardonnay was going to be thrown to the dumps because it was brown instead of golden yellow, but was intercepted by Jo, the local barkeep who bought the entire stock. Eventually the Chardonnay turned back to its usual color and Joe was nice to enough to give most of it back.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Practically the entire premise.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Played with, with Steven.
* StealthInsult: Maurice says, "Where I'm from, they call it a left-handed compliment. They don't have a name for it in England: it's too ingrained in their culture."
* TitleDrop: As explained in the movie, bottle shock is an effect that can happen to wine when it is moved by plane, as the changing pressures outside the bottle can affect the quality of the wine.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Steven and Maurice in Steven's French wine shop.
* ToughLove: One possible interpretation of the relationship between Jim and Bo.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Gustavo wasn't even working at Montelena when the Judgment of Paris was announced. The winning Chardonnay is usually credited to the work of both Jim Barrett and Mike Grgich, a Croatian immigrant who is not present in the film.
* WineIsClassy: Played with in the California portions of the plot, invoked in the French portions.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Most of them own wineries in Napa Valley... [[SarcasmMode who would have thought!?]]
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