Congratulations to all of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wineries featured in the Feb 2016 issue – my photos from the current issue:
A memorable International Pinot Noir (IPNC) dinner at Penner-Ash winery, featuring dishes by the 2015 Top Chef winners to benefit children’s cancer association.
Prolific summer gardens at the entrance to Penner-Ash Winery
Ron & Lynn Penner-Ash with the 2015 Top Chef winner Chef Mei Lin of Los Angeles and runners up Chef Doug Adams, Imperial & Chef Gregory Gourdet, Departure, of Portland, Oregon
Chef Mei Lin & Chef Doug Adams picking a few items from the garden at Penner-Ash winery
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Sideways author Rex Pickett talks about his new book, Vertical, and his love of Oregon wine country.
For the cover of this month’s Oregon Wine Press magazine, http://www.oregonwinepress.com/, I flew down to Santa Monica with Robert Holmes to photograph and interview Rex Pickett about his latest book, Vertical, the sequel to Sideways. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would the author be similar to his now infamous character, Miles – or had success changed him to become more like his charming but philandering character Jack? While Rex could easily play either role, after spending a relaxed afternoon chatting about Oregon, pinot noir, and the life of an artist I can see how Rex could be a blend of both, weaving autobiographical details into many of his stories.
Rex has not had an easy road to success. Although the movie Sideways won an Acadamy Award for the best adapted screenplay, Rex only received a pittance of the profits. His struggles to get his first book published were monumental. He still lives very modestly; the cover photo and interview are in his one bedroom apartment in Santa Monica. I hadn’t read Vertical at the time of our interview, but I was curious how he would depict my hometown and the Oregon wine country I’ve come to know so intimately during the past ten years. Now that I’ve finished the book I won’t give away the details of which wines are featured or how the story unfolds, but I can say fact and fiction are balanced with comedy and tragedy, evoking a surprising range of emotions. Oregon pinot noir is celebrated throughout the book, and a variery of artisanal wineries are mentioned. How the book, or possible movie, will affect Oregon wine will be an interesting development. I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to comment below . . .
A behind the scenes photo of interview with Rex Pickett about his latest book, Vertical, which is the Oregon Wine Press exclusive cover and feature story. The December issue will be available Monday at the same time the book will officially start shipping, though some copies of the book are already circulating around Oregon tasting rooms. For more insight into Rex, visit his blog at http://rexpickett.com/, and watch the video interview below . . .