The Movie That Helped Put The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country On The Map Celebrates A Decade Of Cult-Like Popularity In 2014
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)–In a single sentence, seven words to be exact, the character of Miles emphatically uttered the phrase, “I am not drinking any [EXPLETIVE] Merlot!” and in doing so immortalized the movie line that has been jokingly quoted countless times in tasting rooms, restaurants, and among friends nationwide since the movie Sideways premiered in 2004.
Ten years later, the Oscar-winning film, which helped put the Santa Ynez Valley wine country on the map and revealed its penchant for producing luxurious and nuanced Pinot Noir among other varietals, remains a popular attraction that brings visitors to explore the same tasting rooms, restaurants, farms, and fields that drew Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) to the Valley.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the film, visitors can taste their way through the Santa Ynez Valley on the same path forged by Miles and Jack. Whether it’s sipping Pinot Noir at Kalyra Winery in Santa Ynez, encountering ostriches between Buellton and Solvang, exploring the barrel room at Firestone Winery, or playing golf at the River Course at The Alisal, visitors can recreate the Sidways road trip experience at more than a dozen of the film’s locations.
Numerous tour companies offer guided tours to the various film locations throughout the Valley, while maps and information are available to those seeking a self-guided trip.
For more information on the wineries, lodging options and other trip-planning resources for a Sideways celebration in the Santa Ynez Valley, visit StaySYV.com.
About the Santa Ynez Valley:
Barely two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley feels worlds apart from both. With six distinct communities encompassing everything from classic California wine country to Northern European traditions to the very best of the Old West, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to endless possibilities. Here in and around the towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang visitors will find more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and a unique, rich heritage. For more information, including a complete listing of restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, go to StaySYV.com.