Sideways author Rex Pickett writes about the connections between pinot noir, life and art
Sideways hits the stage
For many wine lovers, Sideways is perhaps the most famous film ever made about wine. Based on a best-selling novel by American author Rex Pickett, it was released in 2004 and starred Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen. The movie won more than 100 awards, including an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay — and it set off an international passion for pinot noir that still shows no signs of letting up. Since the film’s release, Pickett has adapted his novel for theatre, and this month, Sideways — the play — will debut on stage. The Ruskin Group Theatre Company is presenting the show in Los Angeles, Calif. Opening night is May 18; the play is scheduled to run for 10 weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to ruskingrouptheatre.com.