Sideways Author Rex Pickett to Speak at Wine Bloggers Conference

Sideways author Rex Pickett has joined the Wine Bloggers Conference line-up as our second keynote speaker. Pickett will sit down on stage with blogger Alana Gentry (Girl With a Glass) in a candid Q&A-style conversation that is sure to inspire the author in each of us.

Rex PickettPickett has written a number of books and screenplays, the most well known being the Writers Guild, two Golden Globe and Academy Awards-winning Sideways. Sideways was filled with rich, descriptive writing about wine – specifically Pinot Noir – that struck a chord with its audience, literally decreasing worldwide sales of Merlot and increasing Pinot Noir. When Girl with a Glass Alana Gentry approached us with this opportunity, she pointed out that Willamette Valley, being mostly planted in Pinot, would be the perfect setting for discussing impactful writing with the Sideways author.

“If you want to impact the wine drinking world (big or small), you have to understand how to do it through blog posts,” Alana says. “Other workshops will give you insights about when and how often to post, analytics and such, but it all comes down to finding your voice, being yourself and relaying it through your writing. Rex is well-known for his candid and entertaining way of showing folks how that works.”

Special boxed sets will be available for purchase at the conference as well, featuring Sideways and its newly released sequel, Vertical. In addition to the new sequel and a number of other writing projects, Pickett has a Merlot he is releasing along with (Sunstone Winery) in St. Ynez Valley, named – ironically – “The Apostate.”

Pickett’s writing tips can be found on his blog as well as on Twitter (@RexPickett), where he shares free writing advice and inspiration with any and all aspiring writers.

Join us in welcoming Rex Pickett to our keynote speaker lineup!

  • Shelley Boettcher

    We interviewed Rex Pickett about Sideways, his new play based on the novel, and his new book — and we mention his appearance at the North American Wine Bloggers Conference here: