For such a quirky, low-key film – especially one that was released almost ten years ago – Sideways had a curiously long-lasting effect on me. Snippets seem to enter my consciousness at relatively frequent intervals. The bit where he drinks his most treasured wine out of a paper coffee cup in a life-defining ‘fuck it’ moment. The romance of the road trip. The search for amazing wine. And the tragi-comic intricacies of the protagonist’s mid-life crisis, but there I digress…

My latest little Sideways moment came at Polgoon vineyard last week. The weather was playing ball, providing a blue backdrop to the vines, and there’s a rather nice new tasting room. You can either partake in the vineyard and orchard tour and tasting, or just stop by for a glass. I take a flute of their raspberry Aval (very classy cider made in the champagne method) whenever opportunity presents, but their 2012 red and wine wines are also available for by-the-glass tastings.

From £3 per glass, open 10am-5.30pm (tours 3-5.30pm). 01736 333946, www.cornishwine.co.uk. Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, Rosehill, Penzance, TR20 8TE

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