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Tag Archives: Rex Pickett

• Interview with unconventional Rex Pickett of Sideways fame

Interview with unconventional Rex Pickett of Sideways fame

California born and based Rex Pickett is the author of Sideways, the popular novel centred around the characters of Miles and Jack, who escape LA for a wine road trip around Santa Barbara before Jack gets married. The 2004 book was turned into a film the same year, which won an Oscar for Best Adapted […]

• Wine Labels With Nothing to Hide Finds That Few Are Looking

Wine Labels With Nothing to Hide Finds That Few Are Looking

PITY the revolutionary who, in a leap of faith, takes a brave and principled stand, possibly at great financial risk — and yet nobody seems to notice. Such is the woeful tale of Randall Grahm, proprietor of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Five years ago, Mr. Grahm took the possibly imprudent step of deciding to list on […]

• Remember Sideways? Now onstage! Interview with Rex Pickett

Remember Sideways? Now onstage! Interview with Rex Pickett

D.R. Stewart Sideways goes upright on the Stage – Ruskin Group Theater puts up the first ever theatrical production as adapted by author Rex Pickett   photo credit: Agnes Magyari (Left to right: John Colella, Paul Denk, and Jonathan Bray The 2004 movie Sideways was a juggernaut of a film for both art and commerce. Famously […]

• Vertical, the sequel to Sideways

Vertical, the sequel to Sideways

Miles and Jack are back. It’s seven years later. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life. jack, contrarily, is divorced, has a kid, and is on the skids. Phyllis, Miles’s mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheel-chair bound and […]

• Grand Tasting Of Paso Robles Wines All In One Fabulous Place

Grand Tasting Of Paso Robles Wines All In One Fabulous Place

Wow! Stepping into Vibiana is stepping into a piece of L.A. history as the building was the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The 1885 structure is one of the last remaining buildings from the early period of Los Angeles history which is, as you […]

The STARS Shone Brightly for Oregon & Washington Wine

The STARS Shone Brightly for Oregon & Washington Wine

By D.R. Stewart In Rex Pickett’s seminal Sideways, his character Miles chases the particular grape Pinot Noir through the Santa Ynez Valley. When Alexander Payne brought it to the big screen, with help from Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, the movie brought sales of merlot to its knees. It made instant celebs outta Sanford […]

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• Sideways Goes Vertical

Sideways Goes Vertical

“Sideways” writer Rex Picket on his sequel to the smash book and movie. “Sideways,” released in 2004, is arguably the most influential wine-themed film in American history. It grossed $250 million, damaged Merlot’s reputation with a single line, and people are still debating whether the film alone caused Pinot Noir sales to spike, or was merely […]