The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Netflix releases Uncorked

Netflix has released a wine movie, Uncorked, starring Mamoudou Archie and Courtney B Vance and directed by Prentice Penny.

Loosely based on the life of groundbreaking sommelier DLynn Proctor and his journey to become a Master Sommelier, Uncorked is a drama that tells the story of one man’s journey to fulfill his wine dream.

Elijah (Archie) works at a wine business and at his family’s local barbecue restaurant. His father Louis (Vance) expects Elijah to take over the business but he’s not interested – he aspires to become a master sommelier. What follows is a powerful exploration of the relationship between father and son and the transformation of a wine lover to a wine professional.

With almost an entirely black cast, the movie “represents a cultural shift” says VinePair’s Julia Coney. “Historically, the wine industry has ignored the $1.2 trillion in spending power of black Americans,” she writes. “Black wine consumers have been saying to themselves: I’m here buying wine, studying wine, and working in the wine industry — but I’m often ignored.”

DLynn Proctor says the movie is going to expose wine to an entirely new group who felt left out of other wine movies before. “I’ll be drinking a Fantesca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon while watching too.”

Six years in the making, Uncorked is available to watch on Netflix now.