“How do you know so much about swallows?” “Well, you have to know these things when you’re a somm, you know.”
Pour a glass for this short movie moment: It was my husband John’s idea to spoof Monty Python and the Holy Grail because he, like many guys, is a “can-quote-every-line-by-heart” fan of this classic, and could never get enough of it. And, as they say in the movie: “We’ve already got one”–actually, two–holy grails of gastronomy in my home region of the Napa Valley: The French Laundry, and our world class Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which make cameos. The fact that we’ve also “already got one” full-on medieval castle, the Castello di Amorosa winery, clinched the deal.
Now you might think that a Master Somm should be cast as a Swallow-Savvy Guard (can’t resist the pun), but I needed my character to be on the quest for the Holy Grail of Wine, since in fact it’s an apt analogy for the the path I took to create The ONE stemware. So, I channelled my inner tavern wench (arguably the lady somm’s of the era) and agreed to John’s idea of a search for “the holy grail of wine” as our first (and only, so far) promo video for The ONE.
Don’t worry, I won’t be quitting my day job and packing up for Tinseltown. But, when this never-before-posted video re-surfaced during a recent hard-drive cleanup, the few friends we showed it to cracked up, and insisted we share it as our holiday gift to all lovers of Python, wine, or just a good laugh. I hope you find it as Ho-H0-Ho-larious as they did.
I’d love to hear what you think! Especially you, John Cleese–since we all know you are a big fan of all three. To you and to wine lovers everywhere, thanks for the inspiration!
(And if you’d like to read more about my real quest for superior and simpler wine glasses–leading to The ONE–click here.)