It would be another three years before Alexander got around to directing the film that starred Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh and Thomas Haden-Church.
Sideways was released in the fall of 2004 and went on to win over 350 critics and awards organizations plaudits. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. It swept the Indie Spirit Awards, capturing six, the most ever. The film would go on to gross over half a billion dollars, including DVD and streaming. It never wore out its welcome. It’s safe to say it grew into an enduring cult movie. And it certainly changed the wine world forever.