It’s time to settle this once and for all: Merlot is not a subpar grape variety and yes, you should be drinking it. After the Sideways Effect of 2004, Merlot went through some serious trauma, thanks to Paul Giamatti’s character’s snobby Merlot-based remarks. However, Merlot is responsible for making some of the best wines in […]
For some people — OK, for Miles from ”Sideways” — there’s no such things as a “Top 10” for Merlot, American or otherwise. But then Miles talks about Pinot Noir likes it’s the shy, sexy foreign exchange student in high school, so maybe let’s leave his opinion aside and consult the folks who actually buy […]
Someone brings some good Bordeaux to a party. Great. Someone opens said bottle. Even better. Someone starts talking about the differences between the Left Bank and the Right Bank in the Bordeaux region. Reasonably, you grab your glass — after it’s been filled — and jet to the other side of the room. Bordeaux can […]
When it comes to the wines of Italy, Merlot isn’t the first variety that comes to mind. Or even the second or third. Sure, if we were in France or even California, we’d assume we were in a region that’s recognized for great Merlot, but the fact that high-quality Merlot exists in Italy may come as a […]
All photos by Jeff Licciardello Let’s face it: winemaking is pretty much the coolest job ever, so if you’ve ever thought about quitting your day job and going into the winemaking trade, you’re not alone. The problem is that winemaking can be seriously difficult, expensive, time consuming, and often downright illegal.
Growing up with three siblings spanning eight years, it wasn’t always easy to take family vacations. At any given moment, my siblings and I could be in different schools with different schedules and different obligations. However, in the winter of 2010, the stars aligned, and all six of us had time off. Determined to make […]
This Sunday begins the final episode run of AMC’s much-lauded period drama, Mad Men. For seven seasons, the employees of Sterling Cooper (and then Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and later SC&P) have dazzled audiences with their earnest and accurate portrayals of the advertising industry in 1960s Manhattan, as well as an exploration of the social […]
Ever since a movie took Merlot down like a luchador in 2004, the wine has gotten a bad rap. With one character line and an Academy Award nomination, the film “Sideways” brought the grape’s reputation to its knees. But was the criticism worth it, and should Merlot’s reputation have suffered the way it did? No. […]
Merlot and Cabernet, they’re the two most popular red wines in America, but many people don’t know what makes each of them different and unique, or why you might prefer one to the other, so we’re here to help.