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A Sobering Interview With Vertical’s Rex Pickett

by Tim Elliott on February 10, 2011

Author Rex Pickett

Photo via Palate Press/Blake Gray

Since I posted my review of Rex Pickett’s new book ‘Vertical’ I’ve received email asking for more details about the author. While I hope to be able to interview Mr.Pickett on the podcast, Blake Gray has posted a no-holds barred interview with him at Palate Press.

The fascinating discussion sheds the most light I’ve yet seen on the authors’ background, motivation to write ‘Sideways’ and what his life has been like since the movie. Such transparency and gravitas makes it a must read.

via Palate Press

Gary Vaynerchuk and Robert ParkerI’m about two-thirds of my way though Rex Pickett’s sequel to Sideways called Vertical (yes, a review is forthcoming). While the book is an apt successor to it’s wildly successful predecessor, I don’t think we will see as much of an impact on the wine industry, or Pinot Noir in particular, this time even if they manage to make a movie from it (original cast, please).

But I do think we might see a Sideways-style effect if Pickett’s TV project, “The Nose,” is ever produced. Loosely based on wine critic Robert Parker and podcaster and all around hustler Gary Vaynerchuk, the series is being developed for HBO. As Blake Gray points out in his post there is a long road ahead before this gets a green light but at least the concept sounds like it might work. My opinion is not shared by Blake’s commenters right now but I think they are wrong ;-)

via The Gray Market Report