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- Start Date:
- September 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
- End Date:
- September 13, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
- Solvang Festival Theater
The public is invited to enjoy the Merlot Taste-Off! sponsored by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the award-winning movie Sideways, filmed on location in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. The event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the garden courtyard of the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street in downtown Solvang.
Area wineries participating include Baehner Fournier, Blackjack, Brander, Buttonwood, Carivintas, Core, Dascomb, Happy Canyon Vineyard, J. Ludlow, Lions Peak, Lucas & Lewellen, Point Concepcion, Sagebrush Annies, Sevtap and Sunstone will be pouring samples of Merlot—the varietal made infamous in the movie Sideways. Wines will be accompanied by gourmet appetizers from area restaurants.
Proceeds from the Merlot Taste-Off! benefit the non-for-profit Solvang Festival Theater celebrating 40 years of providing a top-flight venue for the performing arts. Tickets are $65 per person before September 1, 2014 and $75 from September 1-12, 2014 and at the door (if available). Guests must be 21 and over to enjoy the Merlot Taste-Off! Purchase tickets online at www.SolvangUSA.com/Sideways.
The movie Sideways premiered in September 2004 and won multiple awards including an Oscar, two Golden Globes, seven Independent Spirit trophies and was named the American Film Institute “2004 Film of the Year.” Directed by Alexander Payne and co-written by Payne and Jim Taylor, the movie was adapted from Rex Pickett’s novel of the same name. Sideways stars Paul Giamatti (Miles) Thomas Haden Church (Jack), Virginia Madsen (Maya) and Sandra Oh (Stephanie) in a comedy-drama of two middle-aged men and the women they meet on a weeklong wine tasting adventure filmed on location throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. Visitors can personally experience real-life scenes in the movie with specialty maps and tour packages. Numerous events are planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film and to discover what’s changed (and what’s not). For complete details visit www.SolvangUSA.com/Sideways.