Best Wine Films – Year of the Comet (1992)

Best Wine Films – Year of the Comet (1992)

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the year of the comet

Year of the Comet is an Oscar winning, William Goldman original screenplay starring Timothy Daly and Penelope Ann Miller in a romantic and adventurous comedy ideal for wine lovers who identify with the main character’s passion for adventure.

The plot revolves entirely around the discovery of a fine bottle of an 1811 Lafitte wine which shares the same date as the year of the comet, hence the movie title. This priceless wine which dates back to Napoleonic times is found in a Scottish castle by the character Margaret, young daughter of expert winemakers. Margaret decides to sell this wine at an auction. Easier said than done. The castle inhabitants are reluctant to let go of this prized bottle, creating havoc for Margaret and her travelling companion who will have to overcome challenge upon challenge until finally… they fall in love in the process. Naturally their love is declared in the presence of this magical Lafitte wine bottle.

The wine in Year of the Comet serves as an historical instrument which gives the protagonists the motivation and knowledge to transform a somewhat ordinary situation into something much more magical. Just as in life, a “simple” bottle of wine has the ability to create the perfect conditions for love.