The film has been called “a fictionalized documentary” as it mirrors the life of this charismatic wine aficionado. But don’t let the comedy element fool you. Charlie Arturaola is a renowned expert in everything that has to do with wine. He is the president of the Miami based Grappolo Blu Inc. where he lectures, conducts educational tastings, acts as an expert appraiser for insurance companies, consults with foreign importers and mentors new members of the wine community. His fluency in five languages has taken him from Brazil to Bordeaux and from Montefalco to Patagonia, allowing him to deliver his passion for wine in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Arturaola's larger than life presence lends to his on-screen success and he is a natural in front of the camera. His first film, “The Ways of Wine”, was shown at festivals around the world, and the sequel is about to premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival. Directed by Argentinian filmmaker, Nicolás Carreras, the film was made in Italy and written by Federico Marcello, with cinematography by Agustin Vidal.
The latest film festival to feature The Duel of Wine is the annual N.I.C.E. Film Festival. The film will be shown on November 15 in New York City at the Italian Cultural Institute.
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