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After its wildly successful debut at the Napa Valley Film Festival, and a sold-out screening at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, we are proud to host two unique screenings of SOMM, a new wine documentary by Jason Wise, before its nationwide theatrical release.
Master Sommeliers are more than just dedicated to their profession – they are obsessed! Fewer than 200 people in the world have ever earned the title Master Sommelier, which requires passing a final exam with three parts: wine service, theory and blind tasting. SOMM follows four sommeliers as they study for and take the exam.
Director Jason Wise focuses on the chemistry between the four friends—the overtly funny Brian McClintic, the subtly funny Dustin Wilson, the confident and stylish DLynn Proctor and the driven Ian Cauble, as they go through the grueling exam preparation together. The sommeliers’ blind tasting methodology is fascinating—they rattle off dozens of descriptors for a wine before most of us would have finished our first sip. With its universal themes of camaraderie and dedication, the movie holds appeal even for those who aren’t wine lovers.
Join fellow wine and movie lovers for the Paso Robles Wine Crawl on Friday, March 8, in quaint downtown Paso Robles. From 5:00-6:30pm, you can stroll around the downtown park and stop in at a wide variety of Paso Robles tasting rooms before the movie begins at 7:00pm. Your Festival Pass or ticket to SOMM (purchased that day at the Park Cinemas for $10/$8) will be your entrée to complimentary tastings at the following tasting rooms, all walking distance from the Park Cinemas: Asuncion Ridge Vineyards, Clayhouse Wines, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, Frolicking Frog Wines, Grizzly Republic Wines, Pithy Little Wine Co. and Parrish Family Vineyard. After the film, Sommelier Brian McClintic (featured in the film) will be on hand for a Q&A.
If you can’t make it to the movie that night, you can see it on Saturday, March 9 at the Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo. A wine tasting reception at 1:00pm, hosted by the San Luis Obispo County Wine Association will feature award-winning wines from great South County wineries including Talley Vineyards, Sinor-LaVallee Wines and Cal Poly Wine with more to be announced soon. SOMM’s director, Jason Wise and Sommelier Brian McClintic (featured in the film) will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. Tickets are $15 ($4 of each ticket will benefit Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture Program.)
Friday, March 8
5:00-6:30pm Paso Robles Wine Crawl Downtown Paso Robles
7:00pm SOMM screening at the Park Cinemas, 1100 Pine St. Paso Robles
Complimentary wine tastings for all Festival Pass holders & “Somm” ticket buyers at wineries listed above
Movie tickets available at Park Cinemas box office on Friday, March 8 for $10/$8 students
Saturday, March 9
1:00pm Wine Tasting at the Fremont Theatre, SLO
2:00pm SOMM screens at Fremont with Q&A after movie
Tickets: $15 can be purchased now – just click BUY NOW!
All Festival Passes will be accepted