Contains bonus content, including:

  • Extended interview with Drew Bledsoe
  • Thomas Jefferson's wines
  • Oregon Pinot Noir
  • And more

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After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try to save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son: American Wine Story blends this with other tales of risk and reinvention for those who are born again into the wine industry. This feature documentary is about about the transformative power of a humble beverage to fuel passion and reshape lives. Following dozens of winemakers and aficionados from all across the country to learn what drives them, and also trace some American wine history in the process, this is a film that aims to leave all audiences with a dash of inspiration to follow their own American Dreams, or at least pause and consider the story behind the bottle the next time they pull a cork.
  • This film may make you want to pull up stakes and follow these winemakers' journeys.

    — LA Times




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2015 Screenings
January 18, 2015 Moonlight Theater, 7:00 p.m., McMinnville, OR
February 10, 2015 Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ
February 11, 2015 Film Bar, Phoenix, AZ
March 6-7, 2015 World of Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, CA
May 2, 2015 Berkshire Museum (screening & tasting) Pittsfield, MA
June 20, 2015 The Dairy Center for the Arts (screening & tasting), Boulder, CO
June 26, 2015 Amigoni Urban Winery (screening & tasting), Kansas City, MO
July 17, 2015 Elkin Creek Vineyard (screening & tasting), Elkin, NC
August 14, 2015 Vine and Dine Festival (screening & tasting), West Yellowstone, MT


2014 Screenings
Newport Beach Film Festival, April 2014
River Bend Film Festival, April 2014
Mendocino Film Festival, June 2014
International Pinot Noir Celebration, July 2014
Prescott Film Festival, July 2014
Darkside Cinema, Corvallis, OR, August 2014
Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR, September 2014
Raven Film Center, Healdsburg CA, September 2014
La Costa Film Festival, September 2014
Newport Film, September 2014
October 10-11, Bend Film Festival, Bend, OR
October 11-16, Capitol City Cinema, Jeff City, MO
October 16, Alabama Theater, Birmingham, AL
October 18, Carmel International Film Festival, Carmel, CA
November 13, E Street Theater - American Heart Association Benefit, Washington, DC
November 19-20, Cameo Cinema, St. Helena, CA




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Press and media

"Fascinating, gritty and ultimately bittersweet."

- Wine Spectator

"The cinematography is stunning. The energy of those inspiring."

- Santa Barbara Independent

"We highly recommend that you do the following: treat yourself to an Alsatian Riesling and watch American Wine Story"

- Thirsty Kitten

"This film may make you want to pull up stakes and follow these winemakers' journeys."

- LA Times

"If you aren’t inspired in one way or another by American Wine Story, then you might be going about life the wrong way."

- The Academic Wino

"Energetic, inspirational and modern."

- Tasting Rome

"Werd ik gegrepen door de film (I was gripped by the film)."

- Wijnkronieken (Wine Chronicles)


Additional coverage:

Washington Post



Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Oregon Wine Press

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