Schmidt, Rich


2 hour 37 minutes 36 seconds


January 21, 2020


This Interview is with Rex Pickett, author of “Sideways”. In this interview, Rex starts with his upbringing and walks us through the ups and downs of his personal and professional life leading up to writing “Sideways”. He follows up with the process of getting the movie produced. He describes his formative time at UC-San Diego and his work with the university for his upcoming novel, “The Archivist”. Later, Rex answers the question of if “Sideways” is a wine movie to him, and describes his thoughts on the “Sideways Effect” his writing created. Towards the end of the interview, he gives his opinion of the Oregon wine industry, his role in it, and talks about his love for Pinot Noir. To conclude, Rex touches on his current and future projects and gives us a look into his life as a writer.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt with Rex Pickett on November 6, 2020.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.