Those statistical changes are collectively known as the “Sideways effect.”
—Pat Muir, “10 Days Out: April 11, 2013,” Yakima Herald, April 11, 2013
In the nearly six years since “Sideways” was released, that one line has been loudly reverberating up and down the California coast. Sales of merlot, which soared in the 1990s, suddenly turned flat. ...Industry insiders call it “the ‘Sideways’ effect.”
—T.J. Foderaro, “‘Sideways’ spurned Merlot is making a comeback,” The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), June 1, 2010
Then “Sideways” screened last month as the closing-night film of the New York Film Festival, earning nearly unanimously glowing reviews. Now the same distributor is stocking up on Highliner in anticipation of a holiday rush.
Chris Burroughs, the tasting room manager at Sanford Winery & Vineyards in Buellton, also has experienced the “Sideways” effect.
—Lisa McKinnon, “Drink in the Beauty,” Ventura County Star (California), November 4, 2004