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Sideways Turns 10

October 10, 2014

Has it been 10 years since Sideways exploded on the silver screen with its mix of bawdy comedy and character-driven heart? Yes, it has.rex & alexander

I saw it the other night in a special 10-year anniversary screening, and I was astonished at how well the film had weathered the ravages of time. Miles and Jack — and Maya and Stephanie — seem as fresh and timeless as ever. The comedy parts played just as funny, but the humanity of the characters, with all their foibles, possessed all the heartbreak I remember when I wrote it in 1999 and when I first saw it 10 years ago with an audience of 2,000 at the closing night of the New York Film Festival

Yes, the film celebrates wine like no other film before, or since, its release, but it’s the complexity of the story, the tremendous casting, the perfectionism of its director, Alexander Payne that I humbly believe makes it tragi-comic classic of its era.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sideways I’ve selected a few great wines from this very special place that inspired me. I can tell you that they all pair well with an evening watching Sideways! I’ve even written a few tasting notes that I hope will be useful to you in choosing which wine to try. I suggest you try them all and tell me what you think!

Check out the Sideways 10 Collection

Rex Pickett is thRex Pickett Author of Sidewayse author of the book Sideways and the screenwriter of the award-winning film, as well as the sequel novel Vertical and a soon-to-be released third part of the Sideways trilogy which takes Miles and Jack on a international wine adventure. Rex has written film scripts, TV scripts, novels, numerous magazine articles, written and directed two feature films, and adapted Sideways to a critically acclaimed play. He has conducted writing seminars and workshops and was the keynote speaker at the North American Wine Bloggers Conference. He is currently the wine columnist for Town & Country Magazine and frequently blogs for Huffington Post Books.

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