Sipping Sideways

A film character's passion for wine has viewers seeking out the best Pinot Noir

At Landmarc, a chic neighborhood bistro in New York City, wine director David Lombardo can always tell when the most recent showing of Sideways at the nearby movie theater has let out: diners come in asking about Pinot Noir.

Although the characters in the film consume all sorts of wines, it's whiny oenophile Miles' poignant ode to this oft overlooked and finicky varietal that has moviegoers rushing to see what the fuss is about and poring over Sideways: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Press) for wine names and explanations. During the month of December, sales of Pinot Noir...

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