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by Lisa Shara Hall | January 3, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Rather than a movie of the book, "Reading Between the Wines," this film is a lovely look at German Riesling and some of the families who produce it. The film, "Leading Between the Vines," takes viewers among the steep slopes of Germany to see the essential terroir and into the homes and hearts of the vintners themselves as they talk about wine, family and the joys and challenges of winemaking in the 21st century.

Here is Terry himself telling you a bit more about the film:

We're calling it "Leading Between The Vines" because we wanted to link it to the book and because, honestly, we didn't know what else to call it. Yet it's not the "movie of the book" but rather a means of testifying to the beauty of authentic wines and the cultures that give them to us all.

Like the book, it wants to answer the question: "Why care deeply about wine?" In this case, it uses the German Riesling culture as its nexus.

We filmed Strub, Schlossgut Diel, Dönnhoff, Loewen/Schmitt-Wagner, Adam, Selbach-Oster, Willi Schaefer, Merkelbach, Weingart and Leitz. We had things we wanted to show, but the film isn't really an argument, it isn't ideological. It wants to depict, in human terms, what lives are like in a culture that gives us the world's most connected, authentic and complex wines. We asked about terroir, about the benefits of intimacy-of-scale, about what makes a person choose this work, and finally we tried to film the moment we all experience in our lives, when we hear ourselves ask: What did it all mean?

It isn't like any film ever made about wine. It's a love letter to the people and places that have given such meaning and joy to my life.

The film runs around 55-plus minutes, and the DVD will have extras consisting of material that has a more "informational" function, which comprises another hour or so.

Leading Between the Vines can be pre-ordered at It will be available soon on and later for online download.

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