Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Leading Between the Vines: A Film by Terry Theise

Not a review, because as the publicist for both this project and Terry's book, Reading Between the Wines, I can claim no objectivity. I will say that my favorite parts of the film are all about family-the relationships between generations, the question of whether or not children follow in the footsteps of their fathers and the challenges they face when they do. 

Instead, I'll tell you what Terry has to say about Leading Between the Vines
"We're calling it Leading Between The Vines because we wanted to link it to the book, and because honestly we didn't know what else to call it. Yet it's not the "movie of the book," but rather a means of testifying to the beauty of authentic wines and the cultures that give them to us all. Like the book, it wants to answer the question "Why care deeply about wine?" and in this case it uses the German Riesling culture as its nexus.
We filmed at Strub, Schlossgut Diel, Dönnhoff, Loewen/Schmitt-Wagner, Adam, Selbach-Oster, Willi Schaefer, Merkelbach, Weingart and Leitz. We had things we wanted to show, but the film isn't really an argument, it isn't ideological. It wants to depict, in human terms, what lives are like in a culture that gives us the world's most connected, authentic and complex wines. We asked about terroir, about the benefits of intimacy-of-scale, about what makes a person choose this work, and finally we tried to limn the moment we all experience in our lives, when we hear ourselves ask what did it all mean?
It isn't like any film ever made about wine. It's a love letter to the people and places that have given such meaning and joy to my life.”

It is available now on Amazon. More info can be found at or send me an email with questions. 

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