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Classic Wine Movies

Classic wine movies
Written by Aksel Ritenis


We offer reviews of some classic wine movies such as Sideways, Mondovino, Bottle Shock and Corked.


Classic wine movies

SIDEWAYS / 2004


Sideways” is an American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and directed by Alexander Payne. Adapted from Rex Pickett’s 2004 novel, “Sideways” follows two forty something men, who take a week-long road trip to the wine country of Santa Barbara. A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of Pinot Noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality. Throughout the fi lm, Miles speaks fondly of the red wine varietal Pinot Noir. Following the fi lm’s U.S. release in October 2004, Merlot Sales dropped 2% while Pinot Noir Sales increased 16% in the Western United States. A similar trend occurred in British wine outlets. Sales of Merlot dropped after the film’s release presumably due to Miles’ disparaging remarks about the varietal in the film.

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