Monday, January 24, 2011

The Horror...The Horror...

Buzz is building about El Camino del Vino (The Ways of Wine), an Argentinean “drama-documentary” about Charlie Arturaola. Charlie (born Carlos) is a Uruguayan sommelier who loses his senses of taste and smell while participating at the Masters of Food and Wine Awards in Mendoza.

Can there be anything more horrible for a sommelier than losing his palate? (As a sommelier who lost his palate for about a month last year during an illness, it’s a miserable place to be.)

The film traces Charlie’s journey from the Mendoza awards through his attempts to regain what’s been lost, including encounters with Argentinean winemakers Susana Balbo and Jean Bousquet as well as consultant Michel Rolland (the “villain” of Mondovino).

Right now, the film is on the festival circuit, hitting Berlin next month, likely seeking a distributor. Keep an eye out for it.

Here’s the trailer:

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