A not-so-good year.
There's no denying that "Sideways" was a great thing for Central Coast wineries, and for California Pinot Noir producers in general. Will the new "winey" film, "A Good Year," have the same effect on French wine sales and tourism? Set for November release, the movie tells the tale of a failing London banker (played by Russell Crowe) who moves to Provence after inheriting a vineyard. UK-based W & V contributor Gary Werner attended the press preview in London and had this to say about the film: "I don't know that I can convey how bad it is. It's like a caricature of 'gooey' films about the South of France ('Chocolat,' 'French Kiss,' etc.)." If it's really that awful, the film could send movie-goers running to their local video stores for another taste of that deliciously dark "Sideways" humor.