By Punch Correspondent Attie PoirierÂ
The American Grand Cru Society hosted the East Coast premiere of the renowned documentary â€œThe Story of the Grapes and Wines of the Russian River Valleyâ€ at Letelier Theater (a hidden gem for event rentals) in Georgetown last Wednesday night. The American Grand Cru Society hosted the event to acknowledge some of the best producers in the famed Sonoma County AVA, which include Hook and Ladder Winery, Lauterbach Cellars, and Williams Selyam â€“all vintages that were sipped throughout the evening and discussed within the film.
The documentary chronicles the renowned wine regionâ€™s century-long journey from relative obscurity to its emergence as one of the foremost producers in the world. Today the Russian River Valley, an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in the midst of Sonoma County, boasts some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production in the country. The documentary chronicles the renowned wine regionâ€™s century-long journey from relative obscurity to its emergence as one of the foremost producers in the world.
Filmmaker Maurice â€œJoeâ€ Nugent flew from California to introduce the film at the screening and discuss the project with guests. Though not studio production per se, the documentary uses an organic, first-person narrative to keep the audience grounded in the farmers that work the land and the families that have made the AVA their pride and joy over the yearsâ€”and who are so integral in the regions success.
Guests enjoyed a night cap after the screening that included one of the most reputable vintages discussed at length in the film. All in all, quite an enjoyable evening for the palette and the patron!
Full disclosure: Attieâ€™s father is the CEO and Founder of the American Grand Cru Society. She assisted with the event and tastingâ€”someone has to do itâ€”and attributes her love of Pinot Noir to being lucky enough to grow up with a certified sommelier in the home.
Attie works at a nonprofit in Washington and enjoys giving time back to the dynamic D.C. community that she loves. Outside of work and volunteering, she is often found playing or refereeing community sports or enjoying good food and great wine in the company of friends and family. She is a travel, photography and art enthusiast who loves to learn what makes others tick.