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Finger Lakes to put Pinot noir back in spotlight


February 22, 2013


One of the most beloved grape superstars of the motion picture industry is scheduled to make a guest appearance here in Rochester next weekend.

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Pinot noir has tried to keep a lower profile since it was thrust into an overwhelming oenological spotlight in 2004. Yet, in the Finger Lakes region, it’s ready to become a star again.

The George Eastman House Dryden Theatre reopens next Saturday after a $595,000 renovation with a gala that includes the screening of the highly acclaimed Sideways, and a talk-back with Alexander Payne, who directed the film and whose script, co-written with Jim Taylor, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

Sideways was considered a breakthrough film for Pinot noir. Now, the Finger Lakes is being viewed as an important addition to its list of top credits.

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