Monday, October 11, 2010

I am NOT drinking any f*&^%$g Merlot!

That line was, of course, made famous by the character Miles in the 2004 hit movie Sideways. Turns out, Miles is not alone in misunderstanding Merlot, a part of the family that includes the many grapes referred to as Bordeaux varieties. Merlot has long been the Rodney Dangerfield of wines. Personally, I enjoy the full bodied black cherry, plum, and cocoa flavors prevalent in good Merlots that nicely complement chicken, rich stews and pastas.

For a history of Merlot, check out a good article from

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