Sideways is a terrific movie w Oscar-worthy performances by all 4 of the principals. For the Santa Ynez Valley oenophile & hound there is much to savor. Major scenes take place at the Hitching Post, a board favorite (& rightly so). One critical scene takes place at A.J. Spurs down the road, a restaurant which earned a place in the Grubs memory banks by being the model for most of Mr Gs list of 10 Signs You Should Quickly Head for a Different Restaurant.
Several boutique wineries receive fond references, while one fictitious one provides the backdrop for a scene of utter hilarity. If this film is viewed widely, the Santa Ynez roads will become as clogged as Napas.
Finally, a beautiful & tender scene btwn the exceptional Paul Giamatti & the equally exceptional Virginia Madsen will forever change the way you think about wine & possibly your lives.
WARNING, Will Robinson. The movie contains much graphic language, a couple of serious sex scenes & full frontal male nudity.
And BTW, if anybody orders Merlot, were leaving.
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