• Short Summary

    Wine bottled under candlelight for centuries - connection between candlelight and quality of wine unclear.

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    L/S of College Hill and its church. C/U low angle shot of the church tower. Camera tilts down to street level. C/U of a sign on the wall reading "The House of Richard Whittington Mayor of London stood on this Site 1423". Dick Whittington was Lord Mayor four times - informs a voiceover - and his house was burned in the Great Fire of London, but the old wine cellars underneath were saved. Moreover, the wine is still bottled there in the same old way.

    M/S of a man lighting candle on top of a wine barrel. L/S of the man walking along dark corridors of the wine cellar. Cellar man, Mr Albert Freeman, believes that the ancient way of bottling by candlelight is still the best way. M/S of Mr Freeman as he takes a new bottle, smells it and places it under a little tap. C/U shot of the bottle under the tap. C/U shot of the face of Mr Freeman as he works. Voiceover tells the audience that each cask contains 115 gallons of fine old Accordo port.

    Bottles are corked almost immediately - to make sure that port does not lose any of its great flavour. C/U shot of a hand picking up a cork and placing it in the bottle. C/U shot of a candle.

    C/U shot of another cellar man (Fred Hayes) using a glass device (possibly called valincher) to suck the wine from its cask. M/S of Mr Hayes pouring the wine into a glass. C/U shot of his face while pouring. M/S of Mr Hayes tasting wine. C/U shot of Mr Hayes' face as he sips the wine.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    hd format:
    4K at Filmfinity
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:44:00 / 01:46:30:00
    CP 100

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "a glass device (possibly called valincher)" - that's certainly one of the names given to it, but it seems to be more commonly known as a "wine thief" or "barrel thief".

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