Welcome to the Online Premiere of STORM
K&L is excited to host the official online premiere of Storm, a film about winemaker Ernst Storm made by Daniel Addelson. This film will be screening in the upcoming 16th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival, taking place April 10-14 in venues all over the town of Sonoma. We love the quaint charm and culinary delights of this historic wine country town, and while we can't think of a better destination for wine-loving film fans to support the arts while enjoying great wine and food, we know not everyone can make it to every festival...so we brought the film and wine to you. Cheers!
Storm is a look into the life of winemaker, Ernst Storm. It is an intimate portrait not only of the winemaking process and the beautiful landscapes of wine country, but more importantly it is an exploration of personal passion and what it means to pursue a fulfilling existence. Speaking poetically and candidly, Ernst shares his fears, his successes, and his musings on the balance of nature and artistic expression.
-Daniel Addelson, Filmmaker
K&L Notes: South African transplant to California's Central Coast, Ernst Storm handcrafts small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in a style that combines old world sensibilities with new world technique. Sourced from La Presa, Curtis, Kingsley, and McGinley vineyards, four distinct sites in Santa Ynez with varying soil types and microclimates, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc shows classic citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes in the nose, with mouthwatering acidity, a nice creamy texture on the midpalate, and citrusy flavors echoing in the finish. Storm's technique of predominantly stainless steel fermentation (84%) followed by six months aging on the lees yields a balanced and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that is delicious on its own but highly versatile with food. This is a winemaker to watch.
The Making of STORM We asked filmmaker (and K&L customer!) Daniel Addelson to provide some background on the making of the film and answer a few questions for us. Here is what he had to say:
DA: The intention was never to make a commercial for Storm Wines. I told this to Ernst from the start and he agreed. Our objective was to focus on something bigger, something universal - an artistic pursuit, an all consuming passion and the feelings that go with it. I kept on him for months, and finally everything came together, and we carved out some time to get started. I saw a seed of the story in Ernst's passion for wine, and I was intrigued by the way he talked about the process. I could tell something was different. A few barrel tastings later, and we decided to make it happen.
K&L: Why did you reach out to K&L for the online premiere of Storm? Do you shop at K&L?
DA: I have been shopping at K&L for years, and I am always impressed by the value and selection. I can spend the same amount I would at a grocery store and get a really amazing bottle of wine. The staff is also incredibly knowledgeable so it's easy to find something I like. I thought Storm would be a great place to premiere Storm because the film highlights many of the same things that K&L values in its inventory. Handpicked, quality wines that are affordable.
Why did you choose the Sonoma film festival to premiere Storm? Do you have plans to enter the film in other film festivals?
Sonoma was an easy choice for the premiere of Storm, as it is one of the original wine country film festivals. We'll be doing a tasting of Storm after the screening, so be sure to come by and see the film on the big screen. You can find the schedule here: www.sonomafilmfest.org. Hopefully there will be more screenings to come.
Are you a wine lover? What is your experience/relationship to wine?
I am definitely a wine lover. My relationship with wine is that when I have it, I drink it. I'm not very good about keeping bottles, but who is? About half of the bottles I drink are Storm. Living in California it's hard not to drink good wine all the time, because there is so much of it.
Any favorite wines or styles?
I am a big fan of Rhone varietals, and with those, the smokier and dirtier tasting the better. Then sometimes I want something that makes me think a little harder - light reds with subtleties. I tend to drink California and Oregon wines because I know more about them.
Wine is often compared to art. In the process of making Storm, did you come to see any parallels between the craft of winemaking and your own craft as a filmmaker that were surprising? Inspiring?
When made with love, wine is as much an art as painting or sculpture or film making for that matter. In my work, I am always drawn to stories of people who are passionate. The way Ernst speaks of the process was inspiring, and I knew I wanted to share his view with the world. I hope that people watching the film can see the universality in his spirit.
Making wine is a lot like making a movie. You plant little seeds of stories, and hope that they grow into something beautiful. Letting the environment and characters speak for themselves is the easiest way to do that.
Any concluding thoughts…?
Thanks for sharing, and I hope that your customers enjoy the film. The rest of my documentary work can be seen at www.danaddelson.com
What are you working on next?
I am currently developing a feature length documentary called, Grit about how children succeed. For more info, check out www.gritmovie.com