Sideways in Solvang: Merlot Taste-Off is Saturday, 9/13/14

Merlot-iconSo, do you like Merlot wine? Or are you more like the character Miles in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie Sideways who infamously declared, “I am NOT drinking any (expletive) Merlot!”

It’s actually been 10 years since Sideways was filmed on location here in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley—featuring stars Paul Giamatti (Miles) Thomas Haden Church (Jack), Virginia Madsen (Maya) and Sandra Oh (Stephanie) in a comedy-drama on a weeklong wine tasting adventure.  To celebrate the occasion, experience the first-ever Merlot Taste-Off! happening at Solvang Festival Theater on 9/13/14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Wines from Baehner Fournier, Blackjack, Brander, Buttonwood, Carivintas, Core, Dascomb, Happy Canyon Vineyard, J. Ludlow, Lions Peak, Lucas & Lewellen, Point Concepcion, Sagebrush Annies, Sevtap, Sunstone and more will be accompanied by gourmet appetizers from local restaurants in the garden courtyard under the oaks at Solvang Festival Theater (420 Second Street). You can taste Merlot for yourself and feel magnanimous about it since proceeds benefit the Theater. Tickets are only $75 and going fast so get yours now at Cheers!