March 17: Somm (#17)

It's probably not surprising what I'm about to say, but if we've ever spent more than 10 minutes at a bar together you're probably aware that I just don't understand or enjoy wine (unless its Bum Wine). At least not yet, I guess. My tastes have definitely changed over the years (and now that I'm dealing with a whopping 27 of them as my sample size) so it's not out of the question that I'll come around and start enjoying it. But sadly... I just f*cking don't, and I'm pretty tired of hearing "you just haven't had the right one, yet!" from everybody. You're right. I probably haven't, but I also think that I'm left with a gaping hole in my life that only wine can fill.

But I'm happy to report that today (day 17) is all about something I know almost nothing about: WINE! Ironic considering it's St. Patrick's Day, but color me red as we recap SOMM

SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look at four wine stewards as they prepare to take the Master Sommelier Exam (one of the world's most-difficult tests), presided over by the notoriously secretive Court of Master Sommeliers. 

Less than 200 candidates have reached the exalted "Master level."

This is the story of Ian, Dustin, Brian and DLynn — who have put aside their lives to study for the test. Similar to a PhD student, they memorize every. single. obscure fact about their chosen field that will be necessary when finalizing their studies. Except with SOMM... those facts are about grapes, wine regions, sub-regions, winemaking and everything (and I mean everything) in between. It currently has a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, but not everyone loved it. 

Unless you are already knowledgeable about wine, unless you care to spend hours tasting something almost completely devoid of context, there’s little of interest in the movie. In many ways, it’s like one of the blind tastings we see so much of: refined, soulless, and pointless.
— Joshua David Stein, Eater.com

THOUGHTS

Again, 2 1/2 hours of watching people drink something that I can't taste or smell while using adjectives that I've never heard of to describe the magical elixir just wasn't very fun. I was stuck between feeling like these guys were mostly douchebags or just ego-maniacs, but then I finally settled feeling another way about them: they're just Obsessive. Their love of wine is no different than my love of [fill in the blank], and that's something I can respect and relate to. SOMM felt less about these's guys' obsession with wine & more about their obsession with mastery

It doesn't make me want to run out to Trader Joe's and start read wine suggestions just so I can understand what I'm tasting, but at least I shed myself of all negative connotation with these guys and wasn't left with a sour taste in my mouth when it was finished (#PUNS). 

TL;DR 

If you enjoy wine enough to want to sit through 2 1/2 hours of four guys spitting it out while they study for a test, go crazy. 

2.5 of 5 Stars!

Onwards,
--Justin