Keswick Vineyards is popping the cork on a new red wine after hitting the silver screen. The latest Syrah-based blend at the winery, "Lake Effects", is named after the movie it was featured in.
The movie was made at Smith Mountain Lake, and a Virginia native produced the film. It aired across the nation this past weekend, but Keswick Vineyards co-owners Cindy and Al Schornberg got to walk the red carpet for a special premiere a few months back. They say while the overnight filming was a exhausting and chilly process, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get that kind of firsthand look at movie making.
"Certainly excited to take part in making of a film like that," Al Schornberg said.
The Schornbergs, as well as some of their winemakers and workers, were featured as extras in "Lake Effects". The movie stars Jane Seymour, but the signature blend and the winery's Viogner stole the spotlight for parts of the film. The owners say it's a sign of the growing success of the business across the commonwealth.
"Just overall, making a movie, that was an experience we'll always remember," Cindy Schornberg explained, "and it's because of the Virginia winery industry expanding that we were given that opportunity, so it's a good thing for Virginia."
A number of Virginia wineries, products, and backdrops were featured in the film, along with the bottles from Keswick.
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