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Wednesday April 17th 2024

A Walk In The Clouds | 1995

A Walk In The Clouds location: Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena
A Walk In The Clouds location: The ‘Napa Valley’ wine festival: Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena

Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves), returning from WWII and stranded in the middle of nowhere, saves the accidentally-pregnant Victoria Aragon (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) from the wrath of her family by passing himself off as her husband, in Alfonso Arau’s whimsical romance set in Northern California’s Wine Country.

If you're an oenophile, the locations offer an alternative wine tour to the Santa Barbara wineries of Sideways.

The movie was shot around loads of the Napa Valley wineries, in Napa itself, St Helena and Sonoma. The Napa wineries are Mayacamas Vineyards, 1155 Lokoyo Road; and the Mount Veeder Winery, 1999 Mount Veeder Road.

In St Helena, the Beringer Vineyards, 1000 Pratt Avenue; the Redwood Cellar of the Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main Street (Hwy 29); and the Duckhorn Vineyards, 3027 Silverado Trail; also the Haywood Vineyards in Sonoma. Most, if not all, offer tours of the wineries.

Filming also took place in San Pedro, the harbour to the south of Los Angeles. The most intriguing location, though, must be the wine festival, which was actually staged in the Large Courtyard of Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, east of Los Angeles, seen in films such as Beverly Hills Cop II.