A feel-good buddy flick starring a giant lizard won a landslide victory in Wine Spectator’s 2013 Video Contest. Created by a young woman from Thailand and set in Napa Valley, “The Dawn of Wine” struck a chord with viewers by speaking to the core reasons we love wine. Watch the Winner, Finalists and Honorable Mentions
“I’ve been studying wine and have a strong passion to understand grapes, terroir and everything about wine,” said Tina Termsomket. “Our goal with the video was to show the next generation that winemaking is fun and that it’s more important than ever to support small winemakers.” The film was made in collaboration with Chris Doran, owner/winemaker of J. Doran Vineyards, and shot at Juice Box Custom Crush in Napa Valley.
Termsomket "met" Doran on Facebook (his initial reaction, "Wow, your country makes wine?!") and pitched her video proposal to him (his immediate reaction was, "That sounds like a great idea!"). Termsomket said, “[Chris] always talks about how he learned wine. And his approach to wine is fun; there’s a giant disco ball in the winery.”
The team had fun making the video. For the stop-motion, “We were on the floor, under tanks with my younger brother Kendo. With each shot, we had to figure out how to not get our hands, which were moving GZ, in the way. It was hard to stop laughing,” said Termsomket. Fortunately, Eugene Garcia, behind the camera, kept the shots steady.
Termsomket has earned a pair of tickets to the 2013 Wine Experience on Oct. 24–26 in New York and to the Napa Valley Film Festival on Nov. 13–17. Her video will be shown as part of the official programs at both events.
Videos for this year’s contest came from across the United States, from Napa Valley to Long Island, and from around the world, including established wine areas such as Tuscany, Bordeaux and Chile. Connor Taylor, from a decidedly less traditional wine region, Atlanta, contributed "Urban Winery Investment," which placed third. Second place was shared by Oliver Cooper of London for "Family Biodynamics," set in Tuscany, and Marc Supsic from Pennsylvania with "A Taste for Life." Watch the Winner, Finalists and Honorable Mentions.