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.
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
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 http://www.terrytheisemovie.com/ or send me an email with questions.