‘Uncorked’: For black folks who love wine and Netflix
Can we get another round of ‘Uncorked’ comedy + drama films?
This post was originally published on Medium on March 29, 2020.
If I was a character in “Cheers,” Sam Malone would always know my order. I don’t care what other kind of fancy drink you give me or what beer brand you try to talk me into. I’ll always circle back to a whiskey sour or a Merlot — sometimes both. White wine is all right, but I’ve always had a thing for red. I didn’t know that Chardonnay was the “Jay Z” of white wine or Pinot Gris (or Pinot Grigio) was the “Kanye West” of white wine. I Drake-and-Drive often. But somehow in all my wine-drinking days, I have skipped over the “Drake” of white wine: Riesling. And it was a pleasant surprise to learn all of this while watching Netflix’s 2020 film “Uncorked.”
At this point I have a running checklist of African-American films I don’t want to see (for now). Gangs? Nope. Drugs? Nope. Murder? Eh, depends on why the person got killed. (I liked “Queen & Slim.”) Robbery or burglary? Nope. Parodies of other films? Possibly, but I don’t want to see another grown man for the rest of my life hump a plastic doll. I’m not so much opposed to single mom movies or the black teen that gets pregnant, but are we acting like all those real-life black couples at the back of JET magazine were figments of our imagination?
So when I saw the trailer for a film in which a young, black man had hopes of being a Sommelier, my first thought was, “Have I ever even seen a Sommelier?” And then I tried to fight back the laughter from his brother and father who asked him, “You trying to be an African? Is that like a pirate?” No, sir, that Somali you were “looking at” was Barkhad Abdi. Still though, I can imagine a couple of my own relatives asking those same questions.