Five Merlots, Five Countries

November 11, 2017 (Sat)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672

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Cost: $20

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Five Merlots from Five Countries

Saturday, November 11th

Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar



Merlots got a bad rap a few years ago with the movie Sideways which sang the praises of Pinot Noir and poo-pooed Merlot.  I sold wine for a Vermont distributor at the time and we saw our Merlot sales dip while we had a hard time keeping Pinot Noir in stock. 


I noticed that the next vintage of Merlots out of California were better.  It seemed to me that the movie had that effect, a good one.  Merlot had become so popular that I believe some wineries had grown a bit lazy with their Merlot programs and the movie was a wake-up call.


There is nothing inferior about the grape itself.  I think California Chardonnays are currently going through a similar identity crisis.


An inside joke from Sideways is that the final bottle of the movie which Miles praises is a famous Bordeaux made from Merlot.


Price is $20.  Please call or see the front desk to place reservations.  802 253-5742.  Doors open @ 4:00.  I suggest you arrive no later than 5:00 to avoid feeling rushed.  People come and go during the tasting which is an informal walk around format. We end at 6:00



Opera Prima Merlot, Castilla, Spain                                            2010

Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Central Valley, Chile                     2016

Mezza Corona Merlot, Verona, Italy                                           2013

Milbrandt Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA              2014

Chateau le Bergey, Bordeaux, France                                         2015