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Media Contact: Stacie Jacob
Phone: 805.239.8463x202
Fax: 805.237.6439

Appearances scheduled at Zinfandel Festival and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

PASO ROBLES, CA February 14, 2005 — Sideways’ award winning author Rex Pickett will visit Paso Robles Wine Country March 19 – 21 for official book signing appearances at the 13th Annual Zinfandel Festival and at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. The feature film Sideways, winner of two Golden Globe Awards and five Academy Award nominations, was based on Pickett’s novel.

Sideways is a story of two friends – Miles and Jack – who experience the Central Coast wine region as part of Jack’s final days before getting married. For Miles, who divorced his wife and has an uncertain career and a lost passion for living, the weeklong trip through wine country gives him an opportunity to evaluate his past, future and himself. The novel is filled with wonderful details about wine and gives readers a thought provoking and funny book about men, woman and human relationships.

Pickett’s first appearance in Paso Robles will be at the 13th Annual Zinfandel Festival, California’s second largest Zinfandel tasting event, hosted by the Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association. As one of the original wine varieties planted in Paso Robles, Zinfandel influenced the early growth and development of the Paso Robles wine industry. Today, there are more than 1,750 acres of Zinfandel planted throughout the Paso Robles AVA making it the fourth largest variety (preceded by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah) produced in the area.

Wine enthusiasts and book lovers alike can join Pickett in Paso Robles Wine Country at the following appearances.

Saturday, March 19 — Thirteenth Annual Zinfandel Festival
Time: 5 p.m. — Live Auction featuring Zinfandel Winemaker’s Collaborative Blend
7:30 – 10 p.m. — Grand Tasting featuring Zinfandel from more than 40 wineries
and Sideways book signing

Location: San Luis Obispo Pavilion of the California Mid-State Fairgrounds
2198 Riverside Drive, Paso Robles, CA

Tickets: $50 Magnum Package – Grand Tasting and Silent Auction – Autographed Sideways books available for $14
$75 Jeroboam Package – Magnum Package plus Live Auction featuring Zinfandel Winemaker’s Collaborative Blend.
To purchase tickets visit or call 805-239-8463

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Sunday, March 20 – JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

Time: 3:30 p.m. – Wine and cheese reception and book signing

Location: JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery ISOCELES Center
11680 Chimney Rock Road; Paso Robles, CA 93446

Tickets: $30 – includes autographed Sideways book and wine and cheese reception
For reservations please call 800-726-0049 ext. 300

Paso Robles Wine Country is centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast. As California’s fastest growing wine region, the 40-mile territory encompasses 25,000 vineyard acres and nearly 90 wineries. With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in California, Paso Robles is an optimal area for producing more than 16 wine varieties. For more information, visit

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