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Food, Wine, & Film: Sideways


Rediscover Merlot!

Join us at The Paramount on Sunday, September 23 at 5pm and delight your tastebuds during the first of our food and wine inspired events for the season.

Can you tell the difference between Pinot Noir and Merlot? Put your palette to the test while tasting wine and expertly prepared food provided by: Fellini’s #9, Fleurie, Paradox Pastry, Petit Pois, and Tempo.  Your ticket includes food and wine tasting, as well as a complimentary glass of wine of your choice, panel discussion and film.   

Thank you to our participating restaurants!


A panel discussion will kick off the film portion of the evening featuring local Virginia Wine Industry experts. Broaden your wine knowledge before following the path of two men through the Santa Ynez Valley in blockbuster film SIDEWAYS.


Richard Leahy: 

Richard has been writing about wine for consumers and producers since 1986 and Sterling just published his book Beyond Jefferson’s Vines about today’s Virginia wine industry. He was East Coast Editor of Vineyard & Winery Management for ten years and coordinates the seminar program for the Eastern Winery Exposition, a major industry trade show that takes place in early March in Lancaster, PA. He is a member of AWS, the Society of Wine Educators, the Circle of Wine Writers and the board of Drink Local Wine.com. He has a website and blog focused on wines of the East at www.richardleahy.com.

Kyle Boatright:

Introduced to the food and beverage industry over 16 years ago while working in Aspen Colorado, Kyle Boatright has culitvated a passion for wine.  A native Virginian, Kyle worked in Richmond as a retail wine buyer in the late 1990’s before relocating to San Francisco where he became the assistant to Master Sommelier Larry Stone at his iconic restaurant, Rubicon; Mr. Stone hand picked Kyle to replace him as Wine Director upon his departure in 2005.  Most recenlty, Kyle was the Wine Director and General Manager of the Staunton Grocery which he helped open in 2007.  Since leaving the restaurant business in 2010, Kyle has been an account manager with two local wine distribution firms, currently employed with The Country Vintner.  The Country Vintner is a member of the Vintner Group with operations that span from the mid-Atlantic to Florida.

3rd Panelist to be announced.


Sideways is a 2004 comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. Adapted from Rex Pickett’s 2004 novel of the same name, Sideways follows men in their forties, portrayed by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County Wine Country. Payne and Taylor won multiple awards for their screenplay. Giamatti and Church, as well as actresses Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, playing local women who become romantically involved with the men, all received accolades for their performances. Sideways won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for four other awards.
2 hrs., 6 min.


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