by Mike Mettler, resident Styxologist

Styx get a sweet-tasting namecheck in Wine Country, a new comedy film directed by Amy Poehler that premiered in select theaters on May 8, 2019 before becoming a part of the Netflix digital streaming platform on May 10.

Wine Country — which stars (from left in the above cast photo) Paula Pell, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gastayer, Emily Spivey, and the aforementioned Amy Poehler — follows a group of female friends who embark on a getaway winetasting trip together in California to help commemorate a groupmember’s 50th birthday. Hilarity, heartache, and humanity all ensue.

Styx comes into play at the 26-minute mark in the film. Jenny (Spivey) and Abby (Poehler) are discussing various playlist options for a semi-impromptu dance party. “Let’s do a whole classic rock [playlist],” Jenny suggests to Abby. “Boston, Styx, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Tuesday’s Gone.’ No ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’” Replies Abby, “Never. Kid Rock ruined it.”

“We approve!” observed Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw upon viewing the clip. We’ll raise a glass of red to that!

You can see the official Wine Country trailer here.