Sideways


Sideways

sideways the playMany you have, I am sure, seen the film Sideways – when was it? five or seven years ago (my goodness how time flies) which resulted in Merlot becoming a dirty word at the expense of King Pinot Noir in a hilarious romp by a neurotic author and a cavalier film producer trying to drown their sorrows and their anxieties in an orgy of wine tasting only to find that they met their match in meeting two equally wine-savvy girls who finally made them realise just how lucky they were to be in their status quo. Wine snobbery and wine bore speak intersperses with plots to achieve raunchy sexual encounters through the consumption of rare, investment grade wines!

The film was based on some true experiences encountered by author Rex Pickett, who has now re-written the script to feature in an intimate stage adaptation of his novel and the film which has given it perhaps a little more poignancy than that represented on the big screen.

The winespeak in the production is genuinely authentic and those who are familiar with the Pinot Noir-dominated wineries around Santa Barbara, Solvang and Buelleton will recognise some of the wineries mentioned in the play. Enthusiasts or would-be enthusiasts will be in tune with the characters who eschew factory-wine Merlots, concocted for those who can’t detect any differences in any wine, or don’t care to, whilst singing the praises of artisanal wines made from that most difficult of grapes to vinify, Pinot Noir.

The play is running at the St. James theatre, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA (nearest station – Victoria) 0844 264 2140 or book online at www.stjamestheatre.co.uk, until July 9th and there are wine tastings after some of the performances for those with VIP tickets. Those remaining are

7 June – Pinot Noirs from Across the United States – £65
Hosted by Pierre Pattieu and Jackson Family Wines
9 June – Pinot Noirs from Across the United States – £65
Hosted by Pierre Pattieu and Jackson Family Wines
13 June – Californian Red and Whites – £65
Hosted by Roberson Wines.
17 June – Californian Red and Whites – £65
Hosted by Roberson Wines.

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