Film Sideways around Santa Barbara, film director Alexander Payne replied, "The wineries are newer and a little more folksy than Napa and Sonoma

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Is it possible to see some of the places that were in the film Sideways?

A: When Travel + Leisure Magazine recently asked why he chose to film Sideways around Santa Barbara, film director Alexander Payne replied, "The wineries are newer and a little more folksy than Napa and Sonoma." The buzz around the academy award winning "Sideways" is still loud and clear especially if you venture into the territory where the film was shot.

Amid the rolling hills of Santa Barbara's wine country, there is new meaning for Pinot Noir lovers who have seen a renaissance in this red grape variety as wine shops there reportedly can't seem to keep the stuff stocked on their shelves.

Tourists are flocking to the same spots that Jack (Thomas Haden Church) and Miles (Paul Giamatti) forged on the days' before Jack's bachelor days were over. The Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau has even created a downloadable "Sideways" map featuring 18 locations including wineries and restaurants.

There is a list of special wine tasting and accommodations packages available at the Santa Barbara's visitors web site too. Recently added are two bike tours of the locations featured in the movie.

For maps and package information on Sideways, log onto http://www.santabarbaraca.com/visitor/sideways.php. Other sources that you might wish to use when planning your Sideways trip include Kalyra Winery, 343 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, (805) 693-8864 (www.kalyrawinery.com), Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau, (805) 688-6144 (www.solvangusa.com), Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (800) 742-2843 (www.syvva.com), Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission, (800) 676-1266 (www.santabarbaraCA.com) and the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association (www.sbcountywines.com).

If you wish to visit some of the haunts frequented by the two on screen pals pop over to Foxen, 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria 805-937-4251 or visit the Los Olivos Café 2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, (www.losolivoscafe.com) which are both prominently featured in Sideways.

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