After launching just last year, the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Culinary Film Series is back to celebrate endeavors in the food and beverage industry. This intricate subject highlights the many achievements within the culinary community as well as the struggles and social economical hurdles that lay behind the curtain of what we consume everyday. Of the nine featured films in this year’s line up, four are centered around the craft of winemaking and distilling. Each is unique and leaves any wine lover craving a dining experience inspired by these stories told through the taste of the filmmaker, so here’s your guide for enjoying a little vino after your viewing.
This documentary introduces it’s audience to the rebellious and creative winemakers perfecting their craft in the Paso Robles Wine Country. These people are entrepreneurs who, despite not having every resource available, are doing what they love. Through blood, sweat and tears, they are building edgy and creative wine, beer and spirits brands. (April 26)
Check Out: Wine Lab is a bar for exploration and learning more about wine. The fun and inviting atmosphere makes for a less uptight experience for both new wine lovers and experts. 2937 Bristol Street Suite A101B, Costa Mesa, (714) 850-1780; winelab.net.
Following the stories of Mexican-American winemakers and migrant workers, Harvest Season examines some of the hardships that face those working behind the scenes in California’s wine industry. Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, a growing labor shortage, shifting immigration policies, and climate change are all faced in this passionate documentary. (April 28)
Check Out: Provenance Wine Bar is centered around California dining and community while sticking to fresh ingredients. Modern yet traditional, the wine selections reflect the resilience of Napa Valley and those who make great wine possible. 2531 Eastbluff Dr, Newport Beach, (949) 718-0477; www.provenanceoc.com.
The deadliest wild fire in the history of State of California hit wine country in 2017, affecting many businesses in the area. Victims who lost homes or businesses, first responders, chefs and winemakers share their harrowing accounts, as a fallen community begins to rebuild through the amazing help of its neighbors, chefs and friends. (April 28)
Check Out: Juliette Wine Bar was built after it’s founders spent months living in and exploring the variety of California’s wine country. Based on finding diverse flavors, Juliette is constantly evolving it’s menu and adapting to changes in the industry. 1000 Bristol St N #11, Newport Beach, (949) 752-5854; www.juliettenb.com.
THE BEST SOMMELIER IN THE WORLD
The world’s best sommeliers have three days to demonstrate the results of a whole life devoted to study and learning. The competition is very high, and the prestigious World Sommelier Competition is held to crown the best in the trade. A documentary from Argentina that introduces us to a refined world, where there can be no other way than absolute dedication to detail and perfection. (May 1)
Check Out: The Winery is known for its pairings of Californian cuisine with a wide range of wines. A night out at this popular restaurant and bar delivers an experience fit for any somme. 3131 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, (949) 999-6622; www.thewinerynewport.com.
For more info on screenings and show times, go to www.newportbeachfilmfest.com