A Seat at the Table
A Seat at the Table
For nearly a century France has reigned supreme over the world of fine wine. What if one country famous for punching above its weight took on the aristocracy, breaking the rules of the Old World and were "beating the French at their own game". This is the story of New Zealand's warp speed assent to the top of the wine world. We ask France's best winemakers, the world's greatest critics and most influential merchants one question. Has New Zealand earned a seat at the table? A Seat at the Table takes stock of New Zealand's brief and at times entertaining short history of making fine wine. The film documents the pioneers, their French influences and ambitions for making "The best New Zealand wine in the world". Travelling from France to the United Kingdom to New Zealand the film covers all the key stories that now link both the new and old world. We hear both sides of each story from grape vines illegally smuggled in gumboots to climate change and the screw-cap vs. cork debate. A Seat at the Table culminates with some of France's most well-respected winemakers tasting New Zealand wine for the first time. Their responses are astounding to watch.—David Nash
May 24, 2023 at 05:45 PM
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How much you like and appreciate this documentary might depend on what types of wine you like.
"A Seat at the Table" is a documentary about the growing wine industry in New Zealand. Apparently, the country's wine production has impressed folks from all over the world as now many of these Kiwi wineries are owned by folks from the French wine country. The film's focus seems to be on how good the wine is and how much respect their wines deserve. And, it dares to say that in many ways, Kiwi wines are the equal to the highly esteemed French white Burgundy wines.
I've been to New Zealand wineries and did enjoy it...though I should also point out that the vast, vast majority of this wine is wine...and nearly all of it seems to be Sauvignon Blancs. This is great if you love whites and if you love Sauvignon Blancs....which, sadly, are not among my favorites. After all, we all have different palates. And, if your coincides with the types of wines these folks make, you're bound to like and appreciate the film more.
Overall, well made and a bit slow for the average person. If you love wine, you'll like the film. If you love New Zealand wines, then you really need to see the documentary.