West Orange, NJ, May 01, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Unfiltered: Monet's taste for wine revealed.
What do Meryl Streep, Alice Waters and hotelier Steve Wynn have in common? Each of them, along with chefs Daniel Boulud, Michel Richard and Roger Verge, appear in the new one-hour independent documentary, Monet's Palate: A Gastronomic View from the Gardens of Giverny, which is being shown on American Public Television in most major markets this spring and summer. Filmmaker Aileen Bordman conceived of the project as an homage to her mother, who has participated in the restoration and upkeep of the impressionist painter's garden since 1980, and sought to tell the story, with the help of archival material, cooking segments, Monet enthusiasts and historians, of how Monet's love of great food and wine may have influenced his work. It seems that Claude Monet was a fan of Bordeaux, Champagne (which he insisted on decanting) and prune liqueur, and he imbibed liberally over a lavish lunch each day before returning to work. Joachim Pissaro, great-grandson of Monet's colleague Camille Pissaro, may be onto something when he jokes in the film that all that midday drinking had an impact on Monet's soft-focus impressionism. www.monetspalate.com