Try this exercise. Imagine the world in 50 or 100 years. Picture the innovations, the changes to everyday life, and the things that will remain the same. How will life for you or your kids be different?
There’s wine Jim, just not as we know it
[Maybe have a glass of wine while you think about it, why not?]
Here’s a shortcut. Think of any number of “sci-fi” films or series set in the not-immediate future. Spaceships, robots, physical chaos and massive-overcrowding, utopian societies and post-apolcalyptic zombie-filled misery. Take your pick.
What do all these visions have in common? NO WINE!
Name ONE of these films/series set more than about 50 years from today in which wine (not alcohol in general, there’s lots of that, but the product of grapes grown in vineyards) appears in any meaningful way?
I’ll start you off, and then challenge you to add to this list with me:
1. Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek – The Next Generation
Captain Picard is supposed to have grown up in the vineyards of a future France, and occasionally drinks his family’s Chateau Picard wines. So there might still vineyards in around 400 years time.
I personally cannot think of ANY other film that features wine, and I’ve asked several film experts for help.
Is it because wine is the kind of ‘agricultural’ product that we believe science will replace with something ‘better’?
Will future alcoholic discoveries make wine’s variety superfluous?
Is wine just one of those traditions we are even now just barely hanging on to?
Or is it because, despite consuming more wine today than we have ever done, we still lack an understanding of its importance to our culture (past, present and future) and so just take it for granted? Is it because the types of people who write science fiction screenplays are afraid, or don’t feel qualified, to talk about wine even if they can decide the fate of the universe?
I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life. – George Burns
Does it matter?
Not really, but there are plenty of films that still feature cars with combustion engines when other energy sources exist, revolvers being used in fights against lasers, or even sex when test-tubes can apparently do the job.
We have a responsibility to make wine sexier* and more important to consumers and to writers if we want to ensure those who are imagining and building our future have a bottle of wine mentally placed on the table for us to enjoy.
Your future is whatever you make it. – Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future III)
If you know of any other example of “future wine” do let me know in the comments so I can build a list for my future viewing. I love wine and I love sci-fi and I would really like to combine them
WINE IN Sci-Fi MOVIES and TV (List to date):
- Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek TNG (The Next Generation) – Various appearances
- Gattaca – restaurant scene with Jude Law and Ethan Hawke “This wine was only opened 5 minutes ago!”
- The Hunger Games – Woody Harrelson in meal scene in Sector 12 ‘Penthouse’ after trials
* of course by this I really mean “more appealing” as we must not, of course link wine marketing with sexual attractiveness, that would be irresponsible.
edited 11:26: to include missing quote from Doc
edited 09/01/2013 to include list of movie & TV scenes