About this film

“Crush: Message in a Bottle” is a manifesto for change, exploring eco-conscious practices and low intervention winemaking through artisanal winemakers and growers who represent changing diversity and inclusivity in the industry. 

 An emotionally evocative, cinematic portrait of four seasons in a new fine wine region, culminating in one of the most difficult harvests in recent history, “Crush” is ultimately a testament to the challenges of producing an exceptional bottle of wine against all odds. This is a beautiful, deep exploration of real-world trials of producing exceptional bottles of low intervention wine in the unexpected locale of Ontario’s Niagara region. 

With the film: This film is being presented in collaboration with Frame as part of the Dinner and a Movie series. It will include:

  • A Rustic Bistro Wine Dinner by Chef Michael Barrera
  • A Bottle List of Low Intervention, Wild Ferment, Organic and Sustainable Wines by Diego Aliste

All the menu details are below the trailer on this page.

“Crush: Message in a Bottle” Dinner by Chef Michael Barrera

(( 1 ))
Butternut Squash Soup
Creme Fraiche, Spiced Pumpkin Seed Cracker, Pumpkin Seed Oil

(( 2 ))
Caramelized Onion and Fig Ravioli
Ricotta, Tomato, Parmesan Fonduta, Aged Balsamic Vinegar

(( 3 ))
Duck Milanese
Celery Root, Chive and Parsley Puree, Arugula,
Apple Mustard Brown Butter Emulsion

(( 4 ))
Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart
Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream, Berries, Chocolate Cookie Crumb


4:30 p.m. Sun., April 14, Frame

($95 plus taxes and fees, includes dinner)

Available virtually


Maya Gallus

Maya Gallus

John Minh Tran CSC

David Kazala CCE

Garth Stevenson,
Peter Jellard

Howard Fraiberg,
Maya Gallus

Running time:
1 hour, 18 minutes

Country of origin:


Film website

Festival history:
Devour Film Festival, Most Festival internacionale de Cinema del Vi I el Cava  in the Penedès, Santa Barbara Film Festival

Award history:
Sustainability Award, Most Festival internacionale de Cinema del Vi I el Cava  in the Penedès.