The first of a trilogy by Rex Pickett, Sideways is novel about two friends on a road trip around wine country at a turning point in both their lives. The novel was adapted to film by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor and garnered an Oscar for best screenplay and numerous other awards for best film. Sideways the film pushed Oenophilia (love of wine) into the main stream in a way no movie before had. The two main characters’ love of Pinot and hatred of Merlot while hilarious on screen but also had significant and long lasting effects on a the industry. Many experts attribute the boom in mixology and craft brewing to the exposure the wine industry from this film at least in part as it opened the doors of a previously high brow and insular industry to a wide mainstream audience.
The story takes a twist once more as Pickett Brings the story to the stage at the Ruskin Group Theater but this version will be based on the novel not the film.
In a recent interview with Boozenews Pickett says ” It was a dream collaboration. We’re in our 16th sold out week as of this writing and it’s been extended a third time to the end of September. The most rewarding creative experience of my life. And that’s coming from someone who has written and directed two indie features, written numerous screenplays for TV and film, and written a novel that became the critically-acclaimed and smash hit movie Sideways.”
His pick for the next big wine craze? Chile.
“I truly believe they have the diversity of meso-climates to be one of the great wine regions in the world in the next two to five decades.”