Remembering Sideways on Wine Tour
Our Private Wine Tour Goes Sideways
We call our private wine tour from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez Valley the Sideways tour for a couple of reasons. We were already traveling north from the city to that beautiful valley above Santa Barbara to visit wineries and sample the extraordinary wines when the movie was released. The popularity of the film greatly increased interest in our private wine tour so we began retracing the steps of Miles and Jack on their buddy road trip through the vineyards. We casually referred to the tour as our Sideways tour in response to requests from our guests. Because all of our tours are custom tours we would offer our guests choices of which wine tasting rooms to visit and let them decide. Some were actual film locations (like Kalyra Winery where these photos were taken), some were simply mentioned in the film and others were just special wineries that we had developed a passion for over the many visits we made to the area. Several years later we met Rex Pickett, the author of the novel, at the opening of the theatrical incarnation of his story. He offered to join us on tours if our guests requested and tell tales of wine and movies and become our sommelier for the tour. That’s pretty special. After all, we have been known to have Hollywood actors and writers ride with us through Los Angeles when our guests expressed an interest in learning about their jobs in person. A writer of Rex’s stature was a perfect addition to our Sideways tour.