Andre: The Voice of Wine
US/Russia/UK, Feature Documentary, 2017, 98 min
Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Ralph FiennesAndre Tchelistcheff first caught the world’s attention in 1976, when a blind tasting competition held by a panel of France’s most glorified oenophiles produced a shocking result: Two California wines—a 1973 Chardonnay and a 1972 Cabernet, both made using Andre’s methods—were named the best white and red wines in the world. The French were duly shocked, and Time magazine covered the story. A Russian immigrant, Andre arrived in Napa Valley in 1938 and began teaching the few local vintners how to grow world-class grapes scientifically. Today, there are more than 600 wineries in the valley, and Andre's epic story is being told by his descendant, Mark Tchelistcheff, with the help of Hollywood stars who discovered the great Napa wines long ago, including Francis Ford Coppola, who built his own wine empire on Andre’s science of wine.
Directed by Mark TchelistcheffColorado Premiere
In person: Mark Tchelistcheff