On Thursday, August 23rd we will feature the South Florida Premier of "El Camino del Vino" a film directed by Nicolás Carreras and starring world-renowned Sommelier and South Florida resident Charlie Arturaola. The movie is a fictionalized documentary based on Arturaola's life and filmed in Mendoza, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. The film, whose title translates to "The Ways of Wine," tells the story of Arturaola, a real-life Uruguayan sommelier and one of the top sommeliers in the US, who loses his palate while presenting Mendoza's Masters of Food & Wine Awards. The film strikes a great balance between the comic and the serious as it depicts Arturaola's journey of self-discovery on his quest to regain his palate. The film has been very well-received, garnering the prestigious FIPRESCI (Federacion Internacional de la Prensa Cinematografica) at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in 2010. In 2011, the film screened in the prestigious Kino Kulinarische program at Berlinale, at the newly established Transatlanyk Film Fest, as well as at Enologica 32 in Montefalco. The US premiere was at the Napa Valley Film Festival and the film is scheduled to screen in London and the Melbourne Film Festival in August.
In addition to his extensive world travels, Arturaola also has long standing ties to South Florida. Prior to founding his own global wine consulting company Grappolo Blu, he held positions as Wine Director at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and taught wine at both Lynn University and Johnson and Wales University in Miami. In addition to being named "One of the Nation's Top Ten Palates" by the American Sommelier Association, Charlie's impressive list of credentials includes positions as a featured sommelier and educator at many of the country’s greatest wine festivals, including Aspen, CO; Naples, FL (as a founding sommelier); Napa, CA; and Jackson Hole, WY. Charlie was also recently honored with the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition Communicator of the Year Award, sponsored by Vinitaly. The award recognizes an individual whose communication skills in the last 12 months have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness and interest in wines and spirits. To read more about Charlie, please visit his website at www.charlieswines.com.
At the premier of "El Camino del Vino" on the 23rd, guests will enjoy a screening of the film followed by a reception featuring a selection of Argentine wines, authentic Argentine cuisine from Gaucho Ranch in Miami, as well as a Q & A with the Arturaola himself. Cost for the evening is $50 per person and reservations are required. To RSVP please call 954-262-0249 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For a sneak peek of "El Camino del Vino" please check out the trailer below. We hope to see you there!