Merlot

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#MerlotMe all month long

#MerlotMe The month long celebration begins today It’s been 10 years since the movie Sideways hit theaters and forever changed our perception of Merlot. Since then, winemakers have raised their game and raised the quality level of Merlot with better clones, better farming and better winemaking. It’s time for us to love this important grape again! Visit merlotme.com throughout the month for…

Opus One

Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon Pt. 2

When I told some friends I was going to visit Opus One on my birthday they scoffed. “Ooooh, GOD! They are sooo pretentious there!” they said. “Don’t forget to kiss the ring on the way in”. I brought my Mom and Mrs. B along for the ride because, hey, it was my birthday. Not sure what experience others had at…

beef

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle (or any kind of braised short ribs) might just be my favorite recipe ever. Like, ever ever. We’re talking last meal kind of dish. I love it for the hearty braising liquid and the tender, succulent meat. As a wine lover, some of my favorite red wines (and probably yours) just happen to go with…

MerlotMe

3 Myths About Merlot and the Movie Sideways

Quick! Recite a quote from the movie Sideways about Merlot. Good job if your quote was, “I’m not drinking any f*cking Merlot!” Here’s 3 things you might not know about that infamous statement by Miles: Merlot was Miles’ ex-wife’s favorite wine – The movie doesn’t give context to why Miles so emphatically rejected the idea of drinking Merlot. It wasn’t…

10 Things you didn't know about Merlot

10 Things You Don’t Know About Merlot

My wine friend, Monique Soltani over at Wine Oh TV had a chance to sit down with well known wine personalities to discuss the Merlot grape in anticipation for October’s #MerlotMe celebration. Since the movie, Sideways came out nearly ten years ago, the Merlot grape has taken a beating and it’s time to starting giving the grape some love:

Clerc-Milon

A Recap of Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in SF

Last Friday’s annual Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting took place in San Francisco showing off the Grand Cru Classe wines of Bordeaux’s 2010 vintage. Balzac Communications hosted the epic tasting where folks from the Chateaux in Bordeaux flew over with expensive bottles of world class wine can only happen once a year—within the first fifteen minutes you could…