Author of the best known wine novel of our generation, Sideways, Pickett is a California based author and screenwriter. Passion and Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail is the follow up novel to Sideways.
Vertical is written fluidly and wittily. At once you as the reader are pulled right in, hence the lack of investment time to "get into" the story. Vertical could have easily been written in first person, probably as a semi autobiography, but instead Pickett lets Miles tell it in third. You cannot help but feel that you and the author are in an animated conversation about life. Two friends bonding over wine, sharing the crazy, the sad, and everything in between over a glass or five of Pinot Noir. I recommend.--Wine LaLa (01/03/2017)
If you are a fan of Sideways, check out this sequel. I
hope that if they can get enough sales of the book, they will
consider a sequel to the movie, and we can all watch Miles and Jack
in their glory again.
The novel is less about being an oenophile and more about one man's effort to come to grips, in an entertaining and commercial fashion and yet also honestly, thoughtfully and sometimes painfully, with the fundamental currents of his life: his mother, his best friend, women, sex, relationships, drinking and writing. In this respect, Vertical is a success.--Wine Travel Adventure Magazine (01/03/2017)
The scenes are a director's dream some unbelievably funny and others deeply touching.--Oregon Wine Press (01/03/2017)"
I loved discovering another side of Miles as his relationships with Jack, Joy, and his Mom progress; the conclusion is poignant and fitting. You may just forgive Miles for the insanity that ensued during the first 381 pages while you continue laughing at Pickett's incredibly entertaining, well-written story.--GrapeExperiences.com (01/03/2017)
...there is a more heartfelt, relatable element that builds strength through the book. If you start this book, be sure to finish it because the transition near the end is powerful.--Jill Barth, L'Occasion (01/03/2017)
The story is filled with humorous and surprising situations that will leave the reader satisfied and filled with pleasure. So whether you're vertical or sideways, you'll be sure to love this new sequel by Rex Pickett!--BuyWine.com (01/03/2017)
Vertical, at times, had me laughing so hard, that I had to put the book down, pick up my phone and tweet: "My stomach hurts and tears re: falling from laughing so hard." The book takes you on a ride, not just in the car with Miles and Jack but in your feelings. If you can read this book and not assess your personal relationships with your family, I will be completely surprised.--DracaenaWines.com (01/03/2017)
The scenes are a director's dream--some unbelievably funny and others deeply touching.--Oregon Wine Press (01/03/2017)