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Posted: August 28, 2005
by: T.Alexander

Our identification with food and wine far exceeds sensual pleasure. The relationships often identify ourselves. Ever thought about it? So it is with Miles (Paul Giamatti) in Sideways. Winner of six Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Director, Sideways chronicles a snippet of two middle-aged men’s lives as they take a road trip in California wine country prior to Jack (Thomas Haden Church) getting married.  Middle aged men in crisis, wine, and more crisis is just the tip of the iceberg for this comedy drama.Sideways2

Now back to identifying with wine. Miles sees himself as a failure in life but he has found a glimmer of joy and self-confidence in his relationship with wine. In a heart- warming conversation with friend Maya (Virginia Madsen) Miles describes his favorite wine, Pinot Noir.  When Maya asked why he was obsessed with Pinot, Miles responds by describing Pinot as a hard grape to grow / thin-skinned / tempermental / not a survivor like Cabernet that can thrive with neglect. Only the most patient can take the time to understand the grape and coax it on to full potential argued Miles.

Miles got it! I’ll bet you can find similar parallels in your life. Consciously or unconsciously I guess we really are “what we eat (drink).”

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