Merlot Tasting

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June 19, 2019 (Wed)
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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Cheese     Tasting (walk around)     Weekly Event     Wine    

 Five Merlots from Four Countries

Wednesday, June 19th

Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar

 Merlots got a bad rap several years ago when the movie Sideways 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 non-other than 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 

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