New to DVD and VOD this week:
San Luis Obispo 2018
Newport Beach, LA Femme
A profile of a California wine hot spot.
The titular subject of director Dina Mande’s film is an industrial area situated in Paso Robles, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, which has attracted independent wine makers and spirit distillers to set up shop. In a relatively short period of time, their artisanal offerings have made the location a popular destination for foodies and wine connoisseurs. The film profiles various proprietors, detailing their entrepreneurial spirit and their appreciation for the area. Mande clearly is enamored of Tin City and its personalities, to such an extent that this talking heads survey feels like an overextended promotional video. Diehard oenophiles might still find the film somewhat worthwhile, but otherwise it feels of decidedly local and limited appeal at best.