Sideways, The Virtual Wine
movie hasn't sparked this much popular interest in wine since
Luc and Kate (Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan) took over the French family
estate in French
While that film was shot entirely in France -- in and around the Val
Joanis vineyards in 1995 -- Sideways gave wine an entirely American spin almost a decade later.
Sinee then, Sideways,
starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, has spawned a
booming tourism industry in Santa Barbara with interest in tours
and tastings at featured wineries that appear in the Oscar-nominated
For the complete
picture check out Santa Barbara.com's complete Sideways wine tour map that you can print out and carry along to follow the same route taken by Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) on their wine tasting road trip.
Meanwhile, here's a taste of what you'll find along the real-life wine trail in California, taken by our wine-lover heroes on their way to self-discovery, and great wine.
Winery - "And, ah, there's just, like, the faintest
soupcon of, like, asparagus. And there's just a flutter of, like,
a nutty Edam cheese." [ More
Sideways quotes ]
Vineyard - Miles, Jack, Maya and Stephanie steal away
from the wine lecture to take a romantic stroll through the Barrel
Parker Winery & Vineyard - During a phone call at
the wine tasting festival, Miles finds out his book deal has fallen
through and later guzzles wine from the spit bucket.
Vineyard - Miles and Jack help themselves to full glasses
of wine when the tasting pourer turns her back.