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"Sideways" Embraces Santa Ynez Valley

Mr Grub | Oct 25, 200403:36 PM

“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 G’s 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 Napa’s.

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, we’re leaving.”

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