Friday, September 12, 2014

Wine of the Week: Valdo Rose' Brut Vino Spumante Marca Oro - Italy @pasternakwine

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The Delight of Valdo Time!

Who doesn't like bubbles in their wine? There are many styles of sparkling wine made around the world. Myself, I like them all, but there are wines with bubbles which deliver more than casual amusement and refreshment. This pretty Rose' from Valdo surprised me with its depth of character and delivered satisfaction. It is deserving of a Wine of the Week.

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling dry wine made primarily from Glera grapes. Principally grown in the Prosecco region of Italy, which includes Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, north of Venice in the Vento region. Under European law, only sparkling wines made with grapes grown in this region can have the name Prosecco.

This bottle is labeled "Vino Spumante." Spumante is typically a sweet bubbly wine, this is not that wine.

The Scuola Spumanti Valdo (Valdo School of Sparkling Wines) is a result of Valdo’s knowledge of the territory and ongoing oenological and technological research. In this case, "Vino Spumante" referrers to "Sparkling Wine." This style of wine is characterized by a refined perlage (bubbles) that enhances the bouquet and its delicate fragrance.


Tasting Notes Valdo Rose' Brut Vino Spumante Marca Oro

Color: Dramatic, pale strawberry sunset. Plentiful bubbles in the glass.
Nose: Strawberry crème, delicate yeast, biscotti.
Palate: Dry strawberry, pomegranate, vanilla crème, citrus spritz. Mouth filling, tiny, foamy bubbles. Medium dry, fruity, slate on the finish. Big like. Impressed.

Thoughts: Came on Pretty and tasty, showy with a memorable serious finish. The way I like it. Searched online and found prices for this wine between $10 and $15. A true bargain in my opinion. As pretty as this wine looks, it is also one of the more serious affordable sparklers. Buy it when you see it. Pair with just about anything. Strongly Recommended.

Grape Varieties:  Nerello Mascalese, Glera
ABV: 12%
Price: $10 - $15
Imported by Pasternak Wine Imports
Sample provided by Pasternak Wine Imports

VALDO Spumanti Srl
via Foro Boario 20
31049 Valdobbiadene (TV)
Italy


THE VINEYARD
Valdo’s Philosophy: “Prosecco” is the distinguishing factor on the regional level- refined aromas, balance and overall quality are the key features Valdo focuses on. 

Valdo was started in 1926 by the Societa Anonima Vini Superiori & purchased by The Bolla Family in the 1940’s. Over 80 years of continuous innovation with an ongoing quest for quality and devotion to respecting the vineyards & wine-making traditions of the region.

This Rosé is created from the blend of two typical Italian vines, the Sicilian black berry Nerello Mascalese, from Sambuca Sicily in the province of Argiento which is 984 feet above sea level, and Glera, the fruity grapes from the Veneto region in the province of Treviso at 262 feet above sea level.  The vineyard that grows the Nerello Mascalese has clay and limestone soil and the Glera vineyard is alluvial clay. 

HARVEST & AGEING
Harvest takes place during the end of August and the first half of September.  After the grapes are selected there is a soft pressing of red grapes which are not left in contact with the skins for maceration. The wine goes through the Charmat method for 3 months in steel tanks.

Related post: Celebrate the New Year with Bubbles!

Enjoy your bubbles!

Cheers!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Podcast: WineMuse an Evening of Chardonnay Artistry and Genius

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Did Chardonnay ever go out of style?

Regular readers and listeners, know that Linda Reznicek and I host a monthly wine podcast we call "WineMuse World Tour." This year we have been tasting and reviewing wine from different regions around the world. After recording one of our shows, Linda and I began casually discussing the topic of Chardonnay. She asked me, "Why did Chardonnay go out of favor, or did it? What makes a GREAT Chardonnay?" I agreed it was a good topic and one worth pursuing.

Linda arranged interviews with two famous California Chardonnay producers, and procured samples, she also scheduled interviews with two Washington winemakers I recommended.

We have posted our featured #WineMuse podcast show where we explore the up and down trajectory of the world's favorite varietal, Chardonnay, through the words of great Chardonnay winemakers in Napa Valley and Washington state. This was a fun and inspirational show featuring the expertise of truly talented winemakers. I invite you to listen to our podcast as we share an evening of Chardonnay and Chardonnay artistry and genius.

Chateau Montelena 2012 Chardonnay.

Chateau Montelena: They won the the white wine competition at the famous "Judgement of Paris;" their winemaker Matt Crafton will share the philosophy behind their great Chardonnay.
Read the Wild4WashingtonWine review of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay.

Bouchaine 2011 Estate Chardonnay.

Bouchaine Vineyards: A 40 year pioneer in the California wine industry, Michael Richmond founded Acacia Wines in the Carneros district of Napa Valley and now makes wine for Bouchaine. He brings the history and his love of wine education, experience, and adventure.
Read the Wild4WashingtonWine review of Bouchaine Napa Valley Chardonnay.

Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla on bottling day.

Forgeron Cellars: Winemaker and managing partner Marie-Eve Gilla was trained in the Burgundy region of France and understands the long tradition of great Chardonnay craftsmanship.
Read the Wild4WashingtonWine review of Forgeron Cellars 2010 Chardonnay.

Winemaker Kerry Shiels in family vineyard.

Cote Bonneville: Kerry Shiels' Chardonnays are hailed as some of the best, regularly garnering 94's by the major wine magazines.  She brings her lifelong experience and intimacy with the fruit to winemaking.

Join us for an evening of Chardonnay and Chardonnay artistry and genius

Cheers!

Brotherhood Winery NV Brut Sparkling Chardonnay, Hudson Valley @brotherhoodwine

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A kissing wine from Americas oldest winery!

How long has wine been made at Brotherhood Winery? Martin Van Buren, a Hudson Valley resident, was president when Brotherhood made their first vintage.

Established in 1839, Brotherhood winery has been in continuous operation for 175 years. Brotherhood winery has changed hands several times, languished, suffered from fire, went through a period of recovery and is once again producing premium wine in the Hudson Valley.

History of the Winery

In 1810, *French Huguenot emigre Jean Jaques purchased land in New York’s agrarian Hudson Valley and began planting grapes. By 1837, Mr. Jaques needed more land, so he purchased a plot in the quiet village of Washingtonville, NY, and planted another vineyard. By 1839, his first underground cellars were dug and Mr. Jaques fermented his first vintage. Those cellars, the oldest and largest in America, are still in use today at Brotherhood Winery.

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* 9/12/14 Note Regarding Jean Jaques: It was brought to my attention (9/11/14) that there is some confusion regarding the history of Brotherhood Winery and Jean Jaques specifically. Author Robert Bedford has addressed these issues in his recently released book, The Story of Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery.

“Through the photos, documents, and writings in this book we can place Brotherhood not only in the context of American viticulture and the country’s ever-changing tastes in wines, but also in the broader landscape of American history. We can also look ahead, to what it means to preserve and restore this rich history, and what it will forecast for the next centuries to come.”  The Story of Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery by Robert Bedford – from the Foreword by Adam Strum, Editor and Publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. You can add this book to your suggested reading list. William Pollard Jr. 9/12/14.


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The Jaques family made wine at the Washingtonville facility for almost 60 years, selling much of it to Jesse and Edward Emerson, two New York City wine merchants. The Emersons, Finger Lakes vinters themselves, understood the high quality of Mr. Jaques’ wine and used it to improve a blend of wine from an organization called The Brotherhood of New Life - an experiment in Utopian communal living in the Hudson Valley. When the Emerson family took control of the Washingtonville winery, they renamed it Brotherhood, a name that it still proudly bears today.

Price list from the 1800's via @hvwinegoddess

The Emerson family operated Brotherhood until Prohibition. In 1921, Louis Farrell purchased the winery and its large stock of sacramental wine. He sold wine for religious ceremonies throughout Prohibition, which was finally repealed in 1933. Louis and his wife were the first to grasp the value of Brotherhood’s location, as the nearest winery to New York City. They began conducting tours of the winery, highlighting the now-enlarged underground cellars, the history of the facility and its picturesque site. It’s not just Euro grapes at Brotherhood, they also work with American varietals including Concord and Niagara. The biggest change at the winery was when Vitis Vinifera was added to production in 1987.

After a disastrous fire in 1999, Brotherhood’s fortunes suffered until 2005, when Mr. Cesar Baeza formed a new partnership with two wine making families from Chile. The Castro and Chadwick families have deep roots in the famous wine growing areas of the Maule Valley, near San Clemente, where they farm hundreds of acres of Vinifera grapes, along with other fruit.

The new Board of Directors has embarked on a massive restoration and renovation program at Brotherhood that includes, equipment upgrades, vineyard acquisitions, the planting of new vines and a facility remodeling, emphasizing a commitment to quality. The Brotherhood Riesling is among many customer favorites and is featured on the White House Wine List. Pinot Noir is their second best seller. Bob Barrow has been working as Brotherhood’s winemaker for over ten years.

A generous pour of Brotherhood Sparkling Chardonnay, Hudson Valley, New York.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Pale straw.
Nose: White peach, cinnamon spice, fresh with mineral-honey.
Palate: Myriad of tiny, soft, whispery bubbles, subtle yeast, green apple, melon, creamy front palate, dry finish with pear juice. A kissing wine which will compliment romantic occasions or create an unexpected interlude.

Thoughts: A thoroughly delightful sparkling Chardonnay from America's oldest winery. It pleased the tongue and stirred romantic feelings. Serve before, during or after meals. An amazing value at $12 and worthy of celebratory occasions or just because. Strongly Recommended.

Brotherhood Sparkling NV B is produced using the charmat method.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
ABV: 12%
SRP: $11.99
RS: 3g/L
Production: 1,250 cases
Winemaker Bob Barrow
Sample provided by the winery

Brotherhood Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive
Washingtonville, NY 10992
www.brotherhood-winery.com

Hudson Valley Wine Resources:

Last month on #winestudio we discussed and tasted the Hudson Valley wine region of New York. "The Hudson River Region AVA is the oldest continually-productive wine region in the United States.  Though most people refer to this wine region as the Hudson River Valley or the Hudson Valley, on July 6, 1982 the BATF—in its wisdom—granted the AVA but chose to call it by another name in order to avoid confusion with a winery that already bore the name, Hudson River Valley Winery (no longer in production)." Source: Wine, Seriously "Viniculture in the Hudson River Region-background"

Map New York wine regions.

The Hudson Valley Region

Beginning just one hour north of New York City, the Hudson Valley is the oldest wine region in the United States. French Huguenots planted the first vines in New Paltz (Ulster county) in 1677. The first winery was established in 1837 because of the need for sacramental wine. The Hudson Valley has a shorter growing season of 180 to 195 days compared to the Finger Lakes wine region with 190 to 205 days. Wineries in this region tend to be family owned, farm wineries. Today there are 25 wineries in the Hudson Valley.


A big thank you to Protocol Wine Studio and Debbie Gioquindo,CSW for arranging and guiding us through a wonderful introduction to Hudson Valley wines.

Growing wine regions need your help. I encourage you to visit local wineries and to buy from small producers. All 50 states produce wine. When you are traveling, seek out the local producers and give them a taste. You could be surprised and impressed by the quality you discover. Add Brotherhood Winery to your must visit list and taste a little history.

Cheers!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wine of the Week: Gordon Estate 2010 Merlot - ColumbiaValley @GordonEstate

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Can you fall in love with a wine?
A wine worth pondering.

Gordon Estate is located in the heart of the Columbia Valley in Washington State. They are the oldest estate winery in Washington State and use only estate-grown grapes in making their hand-crafted Washington wines.

In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother Bill decided to plant wine grapes on a sagebrush-covered slope overlooking the Snake River in southeastern Washington’s Columbia Valley. In 1985, he released his first small lot of Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines.

Gordon Estate, previously known as "Gordon Brothers," has been served at my table for over 25 years. I encourage you to discover the wines of Gordon Estate. A true Washington original.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Dark garnet to plum.
Nose: Spicy with cumin, black currant, licorice, gingerbread, cherry cordial, complex with a lot going on, background with hints of savory vegetal and dark chocolate. Layered.
Palate: Creamy, silky mouth feel, lovely grip on tongue and gums, delicious dark fruit, cherry cordial, black currant, dark chocolate, edged with tar and rich soil, mouth filling sexy long finish. Can you fall in love with a wine?

Day two: Earthy berry, vegetal background, candied black currant, black licorice, super sexy nose. Bright, smooth, berry, dark chocolate, coffee, dry, tannin most present on the tongue. 

Thoughts: Ready to go at opening, expansive after an hour. Lovely estate grown fruit made this a truly delicious locally produced Washington wine. Killer wine, especially since 2010 was a cool vintage. Well done Gordon Estate. Well done. Strongly Recommended.



Blend: 93% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 13.9%
SRP: $19.99
Paid: $14.59
Production: 3,800 cases

Web: http://www.gordonwines.com

Visit the Gordon Estate Wine Bar
Broadmoor Park, 5236 Outlet Drive, Pasco, WA 99301
Monday – Thursday 11AM-10PM, Friday – Saturday 11AM-11PM, Sunday 11AM-9PM
HAPPY HOUR: Monday – Saturday from 3-6 PM, ALL DAY Sunday.
LADIES’ NIGHT: Every Thursday! Featuring wine cocktails for the ladies from 3-8 PM.
Contact: (509) 547-6331 ext. 112, winebar@gordonwines.com

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Cheers!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Reviewed: Bouchaine Chardonnay Napa Valley - Carneros @BouchaineWines

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A showcase of elegant Napa Valley Chardonnay. 


"The uncertainty of life is there in front of you in the glass." 
- Michael Richmond, winemaker Bouchaine Vineyards

On a featured #WineMuse podcast show Linda Reznicek and yours truly, have explored the up and down trajectory of the world's favorite varietal, Chardonnay, through the words of great Chardonnay winemakers in Napa Valley and Washington state.

A highlight of our focus on Chardonnay was an interview with winemaker Michael Richmond and a special tasting of three memorable bottles of Bouchaine Vineyards Chardonnay. I invite you to listen to our podcast as we share an evening of Chardonnay and Chardonnay artistry and genius.

Bouchaine Vineyards is a 40 year pioneer in the California wine industry, Michael Richmond founded Acacia Wines in the Carneros district of Napa Valley and now makes wine for Bouchaine. He brings the history and his love of wine education, experience, and adventure.

Tasting notes follow: 



Bouchaine 2011 Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Estate Vineyard
"Drank elegantly restrained"

Color: Gold.
Nose: Mineral fresh, golden, pear juice, river rock, brioche, melon, lemon, nuttiness.
Palate: Refreshing, lively on the tongue, essence of stone fruit, lemon cream echo, restrained and appealing. Very fine after a hot summer hike. Fabulous lunch wine.
After 30 mins, a little more viscosity, spiced pear, lemon brioche, honeydew melon, lemony finish. Everything good about Chardonnay.
After an hour, nose of sweet melon, summer rain, spicy pear. Drank elegantly restrained, fruit focused to the front, modest pear, vanilla, melon, friendly acid top palate and tip of tongue.
After 4.5 hours, aromatic, creamy bright, pear melon, a little spice, tingle down the middle of the tongue.

Day two: Spicy, melon, pear, ginger, nutty, classic Chardonnay profile. Stimulated appetite. Begging food. Craved crab.

Thoughts: Chill wine. Kick off your shoes, put on your fave tunes, and enjoy a glass of Bouchaine Chardonnay. Pair with lighter fare, humus, vegetables, melon, chilled noodles. Recommended.

Certified Sustainable
Blending of stainless and oak aged Chardonnay
Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 13.5%
SRP: $30
Sample provided by the winery


Bouchaine Bacchus Collection Chene D'Argent Estate 2011 Chardonnay
"Impressive out of the gate."

Color: Straw.
Nose: Heady, yeasty, dry pear, cool slate, vanilla, melon, herbal breeze. An ocean scent after 20 minutes. Seductive.
Palate: Vanilla, kiwi, pineapple, lemon, melon, fantastic savory edge, wow on the fruit! Juicy, balanced, nice weight, lively, focused. Impressive out of the gate. Creamy mineral finish as it warmed, with lemon French kiss. Chills.
At 30 minutes, dry, almost steely, tropical leanings, zingy finish.

Thoughts: Not what I expected. Food not required, but would be tasty with anything benefiting from lemon. Big like and my style of wine. Strongly recommended.

Fermented in stainless - no malolactic
ABV: 13%
Closure: Natural cork
Production: 250 cases
SRP: $30
Sample provided by winery


Bouchaine Bacchus 2011 Bouche de Beurre Estate Chardonnay
"Thoughts of intimate kisses and ear nibbling occupied my mind"

Color: Bright yellow gold.
Nose: Yeast, pear, oak, river rock, with air it was spicy and captivating.
Palate: Smooth, rich, delicious with inviting texture, dry pear, edged with crisp lime and kiwi. With air, it was restrained, creamy lusciousness. Fantastic with grilled dog and kraut lunch.
After an hour, lively, more citrus, satisfying finish. Just opening up.
After six hours, vanilla, lemon blossom, cream, brioche nose. Creamy, expansive on the tongue, fluid, intimate acidity along the gum line, pear, lychee.

Thoughts: Drink me now. Thoughts of intimate kisses and ear nibbling occupied my mind. Date or make out wine at the six hour point. Strongly Recommended.

Fermented in oak with malolactic fermentation
Closure: Natural cork
ABV:13.5%
SRP: $50
Sample provided by the winery
www.bouchaine.com

*Note: The Bacchus Collection is intended primarily for wine club members. They make many wines exclusively for their wine club. Worth checking out.

Big thank you to Michael Richmond and Bouchaine Vineyards. I invite you to listen to the interview with Michael Richmond - he's an inspirational winemaker and he shared his philosophy on winemaking with us, The Rise, FALL, and Rise of Chardonnay In the Words of the Winemakers.

Cheers!

Wine Review: Chateau Montelena 2012 Chardonnay, California

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Napa Chardonnay from a famous California winery.

This is the first Napa Chardonnay I have reviewed. California Chardonnay is for ABC drinkers too.

"The light danced as I sipped..."

I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Winemaker Matthew Crafton of Chateau Montelena. We put together a #winemuse podcast show focusing on Chardonnay. Matthew was kind enough to take time to speak with us about Chardonnay and his winemaking philosophy. Here's a link to the full podcast show as we explore the trajectory of Chardonnay.

What is wine? I've addressed that question briefly on my Profile Page. When you have an opportunity to speak with talented winemakers, that question or at least that answer, inevitably comes up. Wine can be a simple, every day type of beverage if you don't dig a little deeper. Wine can also be a significant aspect of a culture, a culture which values the benefits and pleasures of wine.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Straw.
Nose: Delicate, toast, river rock, pineapple, pear, melon with dancing light.
Palate: Fresh, delicate, balanced acid on the friendly finish. Crisp.
At 10 mins, vanilla, nutmeg spice and pistachio added to nose. Mouth added hint of creaminess, lemon, lime zest, dry gums and tongue. The light danced as I sipped, with the promise of greater pleasure.
At 20 mins, quite zesty. Exercising restraint, I saved the rest of the bottle for another day.

Day two: Color was richer and shinier. Added depth to the nose. Luscious palate of kiwi, lemon peel, ginger, grapefruit, toast, firm, satisfying acid tingle under the tongue and on the lower gums, melon and pear into the bright finish.

Sunset with Chateau Montelena 2012 Chardonnay.

Thoughts: Lovely crisp wine on day one. An even more enjoyable wine on day two with added dimension to nose and palate. This is a wine to drink now or cellar for a few more years and savor when you open. A versatile wine, suitable for seafood and seared meats. Strongly Recommended.

Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 13.6%
SRP: $50
Sample provided by the winery
www.montelena.com

Chateau Montelena won the the white wine competition at the famous "Judgement of Paris;" their winemaker Matt Craft shared the philosophy behind their great Chardonnay on a special episode of  our #WineMus podcast - The Rise, FALL, and Rise of Chardonnay In the Words of the Winemakers.



Cheers!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Vertical and an Interview with the Author Rex Pickett

A book review followed by a conversation with the author. 
This month I read the book, "Vertical: A Novel" by Rex Pickett, author of "Sideways: A Novel.


Rex Pickett. 
Rex Pickett wrote the book "Sideways" which was adapted into the award winning movie of the same name, "Sideways." Yes, that movie about wine. Most of us know "Sideways" as the movie and not the book. Of course I own a copy of the movie. Many of us in the wine business also know that the movie increased sales of Pinot Noir, while depressing sales of Merlot. It is the most influential movie about wine in history and had a perceptible influence on American wine culture. Sideways [Blu-ray].

One of the pleasures of co-hosting #WineMuse World Wine Tour is working with an amazing host, Linda Rez. Linda regularly interviews musicians, artists and authors on her Minstrel and Muse Audio Art Magazine. She kindly invited me to join her in an interview with Rex Pickett. This is now a featured episode of the #WineMuse podcast on Minstrel and Muse Audio Art Magazine. When I learned that we were going to interview Mr. Pickett, I decided I should read Vertical his sequel to Sideways before the interview. In my preparation for the interview I learned that the third book in this trilogy was soon to be published, "Sideways 3 Chile."




I use the term "interview" loosely as Linda and Rex Pickett quickly established a wonderful rapport and did not need me interrupting. In fact, I was a silent audience of one. If I've learned anything about interviewing, it's when to keep my mouth shut. Before I share more about the interview with Rex Pickett, I'd like to share some thoughts about his book "Vertical: A Novel" by Rex Pickett.

Book Review "Vertical"

First, I don't expect to see a movie sequel to "Sideways" ever. Rex Pickett does not own the movie rights to the characters in "Sideways" and he said that the producer lacks interest in doing a sequel. I have some thoughts on that below.

Second, I liked "Vertical" after I read the entire book. What I appreciated and also had difficulty with, was the first person style of writing. The main character Miles is based on Rex Pickett. He wrote Miles as a reflection of himself.

If you've seen the movie "Sideways", you should know that in the book "Vertical" our familiar character Miles is the successful author of a book which was adapted into a hit movie about wine! The characters in the movie we all saw are mentioned in "Vertical" as the characters in the movie. In other words, Miles is Rex Pickett, not Paul Giamatti. That messed with my head while reading the book. My mental image of Miles flipped back and forth between the actor Paul Giamatti and the author Rex Pickett. Half the time I saw and heard Paul and the other half Rex.
Rex Pickett.

I should share that I saw Mr. Pickett in 2012 at the Portland, Oregon Wine Bloggers Conference. He was one of the featured speakers and a highlight of the event. So I knew what he looked like and sounded like. At some point while reading, I replaced the image of Paul with Rex in my in head.

As expected the book began with a focus on wine. But with a great deal of hedonism. Miles was reveling in his celebrity and also overwhelmed by his new fame. Wine, women and Miles neuroses featured prominently in the first half of the book. I've witnessed similar bacchanal behavior in wine country. It struck at times, too close. Honestly, the first third of the book was difficult for me to read as I recognized some of the less savory scenarios.

The middle of the book detailed the inevitable collapse of Miles crazy scheme. The last third of the book dealt or tried to deal with Miles and his mother. Can Miles survive the journey? Will his mother?

I was surprised by "Vertical." At the end, I found myself blinking away tears. I did not expect that reaction from this book. Laughter, shock, embarrassment and tears. It is all there in "Vertical." It also left me wanting to read the third book to discover what happens next.

Sideways 3 Chile

Yes, book three in the Sideways Trilogy "Sideways 3 Chile" is to be released this fall. In about a month of this posting. During our interview, Rex shared that the third book will be released initially as an e-book. For a very reasonable price. He discussed why the book is based in Chile and impressions on the country. I look forward to reading the third book in this trilogy about Miles. He's grown on me.

*Note: Rex also talked about his successful play "Sideways" adapted for the stage. The play is not the same as the movie. Think dialogue and 18 set changes. If you want to see the stage version of "Sideways" you will have to travel to London. Book your tickets now.

Rex Pickett Interview

On a personal note, I was impressed with how freely Mr. Pickett shared information. He never hesitated to discuss his experiences about writing, publishing, film-making and fighting to achieve personal goals. And a fight it was. The entertainment and publishing industry has changed and continues to evolve. I encourage you to listen to our interview with Rex. His comments overlapped many of my own personal views on social media, technology and culture change. And read his books. If you are like me, enjoy a good glass of wine while reading.

Sideways the movie, which was based on that book, was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; it also won over 350 awards from critics.  In 2011 Mr. Pickett published Vertical which continues the story of Miles and Jack as they embark on a roadtrip with Miles' mom, her nurse, and her dog through wine country and middle America. Vertical explores Miles' relationship with his mother and his coming to grips with her impending death.

Rex recently adapted his novel Sideways for the stage. It sold out to audiences for six months when it was performed at the Ruskin Group Theater, and it then went on to break all attendance records at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, where it was directed by Des McAnuff.  The play is now heading to London's West End.  He has a new book in the trilogy coming this fall, Sideways 3 Chile, you won't want to miss, which follows Miles' life and wine adventures in Chile.  

Thoughts about Vertical the Movie?

No one knows if a sequel to the movie "Sideways" will ever be made. In my mind it should. It should not give up any of the excellence shown by the original movie. As per the book "Vertical" the movie would feature different actors in the roles of Miles and Jack. That's how it's written. If I were making the movie version, I'm not shy to advise, I would film the first third in glorious color, then gradually fade out the color in the middle third as Miles realizes his plan is failing. The last third of the movie would be in searing black and white. Visualize the movie "Nebraska." Gradually color would reappear at the very end of the movie. I would go to the theaters to watch this movie. Read the book to understand what I mean. "Vertical: A Novel" by Rex Pickett, author of "Sideways: A Novel.

Cheers!