It’s a great snapshot of the Willamette Valley – the wineries, the people, the tasting rooms, the scenery and the new pilgrimages that will begin because of this book.
And, finally, it’s an introspective by Rex Pickett. You can see the self-depreciation, the fear of losing the success and when you hear him talk about what he wished he had known prior to the movie, you get those flashes of the fears that Miles has. He’s a great writer who brings the people, pinots and pathways truly to life. ~ Amazon Reviewer ofenloch
Great Book (and I’m always wary of sequels)
Great book! I am always wary of sequels, but this had the same depth and humor that I loved in Sideways. The evolution of the characters seemed exactly right. Totally recommend! ~ Amazon Reviewer Elizabeth Feeney
When Sideways Goes Vertical – It’s a Good Time
I loved this book and I am not a huge fan of the original movie Sideways. This book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. Vertical the Book, touches on a lot of sensitive issues. The story line involves alcoholism, stroke, and end of life decisions. The joy that a dog can provide, the perils of taking drugs and even a DUI come into play. Yet, somehow, Rex Pickett lets you know it will all be ok. It’s ok to be sad and its ok to laugh.
I sure hope that this gets made into a movie. As I read, I was envisioning how it would be done on the big screen. 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 are falling from laughing so hard as Miles & Jack are in #Fresno @VerticalTheBook” Anyone who has read this book will understand what that means! But I don’t want to give away anything!
PLEASE MAKE INTO MOVIE!!! ~ Amazon Reviewer lodolphin
Vertical—Miles Grows Up, Maybe.
The Oregon Willamette Valley part of the adventure is a boozing and frolicking highpoint for Miles and Jack… Pickett apparently relied heavily on local wine writers Katherine Cole and Fred Gunton for the wine details on this section which is very well written…
On the subsequent trip to Wisconsin Pickett elevates his writing to a higher level. This is exceptional prose highlighted by vivid character development and interaction… The author brings clarity to the relationship between Miles and his mother and Miles finally confronts his alcoholism and his loneliness.
As a lover of wine stories, I would definitely recommend picking up the latest version of Vertical: Passion and Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail. ~ Amazon Reviewer pinotcanoz
Vertical is written so deftly, you as the reader feel as if you’re actually on the Oregon Trail with Mikes, Jack, Phyllis, and Snapper, or at least having a one-on-one conversation with Miles—just two friends over a glass or five of Pinot Noir, as he recounts life post his ‘Shameless’ success.
While at times hilarious and outrageous (the spit bucket scene from Sideways has nothing on what goes on during the International Pinot Noir Celebration), Vertical is also staggeringly poignant and introspective, and takes on a variety of difficult topics…
One point I’d really like to make, because this is something I look for and appreciate, is that the story is interesting from the first scene… I didn’t want the book to end, but I also couldn’t stop reading it because I also needed to know what happened next. And the powerful last scenes… They’re still with me.
Five stars for Vertical. ~ Amazon Reviewer Vongalude
Amazing Road Trip
The book is a melting pot of great things, it’s funny, sad, poignant and uplifting as they go on the road to the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon. Accompanying Miles is the now broke and divorced Jack, the mum who wants to live with her sister in Wisconsin and the dope smoking nurse Joy.
There’s real emotion in the pages and more than once I’ve laughed, tutted and had to put the book down to think about the experiences that Miles and co have experienced throughout the book.
The best thing about the book is the emotional voyage that you go on and it is a spectacular read.
This book isn’t just about the wine it’s about the journey and the trials and tribulations that Miles encounters on the road that makes it great. ~ Amazon Reviewer
I loved Sideways & have watched the movie more times than I’d like to admit, but that’s not why I gave Vertical 5 stars. From the first page, it had me hooked. It was fast-paced, well-
written, & I didn’t want to put it down… I could hear the actors and see the new film as I read (it will be made into a movie… right??) It had witty, smart dialogue and ranged from being hysterical to emotional.
Even if you aren’t a wine lover, you’ll appreciate the dynamic characters and story. ~ Amazon Reviewer Misty M.
Poignant and moving and still lots of wine!
Many of our favorite characters from Sideways, but now the true focus is on Miles. Twists and turns you might not see coming. My favorite of the series.
Was sorry to finish it! ~ Amazon Reviewer Anne Van Dusen
Amazing Road Trip