As the owner and assistant winemaker at Three of Cups Winery, Lisa Swei has a unique perspective on the world of libations and culinary delights. With a palate finely tuned to the nuances of wine, beer, spirits, and culinary delights, Lisa shares her favorite cinematic experiences that have left an indelible mark on her passion for all things delicious.

Unveiling the Dark Side of Wine: “Sour Grapes” (2016)

In the riveting documentary “Sour Grapes,” Lisa was mesmerized by the portrayal of the wine industry’s darker side. Rudy Kurniawan’s exploits as a counterfeit wine connoisseur shed light on the fraudulent practices that lurk beneath the surface. Lisa found it fascinating how one person’s influence could sway opinions in the subjective world of wine. The police investigation and case-building process added an intriguing layer to the story, revealing the true extent of Kurniawan’s scheme and emphasizing the importance of trust and authenticity in the complex world of wine.

A French Romance Blossoms in “French Kiss” (1995)

Transporting us to the picturesque vineyards of France, “French Kiss” seduces Lisa with its tale of love, ambition, and family values. Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline’s on-screen chemistry ignites a passion for winemaking, as their characters navigate the complexities of romance amidst the vines. Through shared meals and subtle lessons in wine appreciation, the film inspires Lisa with its portrayal of the interconnectedness between food, wine, and the human experience.

Cheers to Creativity in Marketing: Budweiser Super Bowl Commercials

While not a traditional movie or TV show, Lisa finds herself drawn to the brilliance of Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials. From iconic appearances by dogs and horses to the celebration of beer culture, these commercials epitomize the art of effective marketing. For Lisa, watching these commercials has become a cherished Super Bowl tradition that never fails to entertain and inspire.

Shaken, Not Stirred: “Cocktail” (1988) and James Bond Classics

Embarking on a journey into the world of spirits, Lisa finds delight in Tom Cruise’s bartending antics in “Cocktail.” The film’s portrayal of bartenders as entertainers sparks nostalgia for an era where flair bartending was revolutionary. Additionally, Lisa’s love for James Bond movies knows no bounds, especially when it comes to the iconic Vodka Martini order – “Shaken, not stirred” – a preference she shares with the suave secret agent himself.

Revolutionizing Culinary Television: “Two Fat Ladies” (1996-1999)

Lisa’s culinary journey extends to the small screen with the British program “Two Fat Ladies.” With their decadent recipes and infectious humor, these pioneering women dazzled audiences and inspired a new era of food television. Their rich, buttery creations and unconventional methods continue to influence Lisa’s approach to cooking and appreciation for culinary traditions.

Transformation in the Kitchen: “The Bear” (2022-)

Wrapping up her cinematic recommendations, Lisa turns her attention to “The Bear,” a gripping portrayal of the struggles and transformations within the restaurant industry. As viewers witness the highs and lows of restaurant life, they are treated to sumptuous culinary creations and compelling performances that leave a lasting impression. Lisa eagerly anticipates the upcoming season, eager to delve deeper into the culinary world depicted on-screen.

In the tapestry of cinematic delights curated by Lisa Swei, each film and television show offers a unique glimpse into the intersection of passion, creativity, and gastronomy. From the vineyards of France to the bustling kitchens of London, join Lisa on a journey that celebrates the magic of film and the culinary wonders that enrich our lives. Cheers to the unforgettable experiences awaiting us on-screen and in our glasses!