Film Scouts on the Riviera 1999

1999 Cannes Film Festival Diaries
A Festival Wine Diary, Part 5

by Amy Reiley

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When I arrived in Cannes, I was under the mistaken impression that fine French champagne would be on everyone's lips. To my shock, American wines were awaiting every time I turned a corner.

The American Pavilion where the Yanks grabbed wrap sandwiches and looked for advice in their native tongue, Meridian wines were on order. I must admit I sipped a few glasses of the pleasant, medium-bodied Chardonnay, however, I longed all the while for a glass of a dry Southern Rhone Marsanne.

The Wine Country Film Festival sponsored a tasting in the Variety Pavilion in order to generate some excitement about their upcoming event. Although the turnout was great and interest seemed high in the festival itself, the group found no success in generating excitement about California wines with nothing tastier than Rutherford Hill Chardonnay on hand.

The San Jose Visitors Bureau's Film and Marketing division also promoted the American product with a nice showing of wines from around the state.

When in France, I would rather drink with the French, however, the American wine sponsors seemed to work pretty hard to keep me from getting homesick.

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