Is Merlot Live and Kicking? 10 Year anniversary of "Sideways" movie
See my article in PRIME Magazine: http://bit.ly/11TjZ9e
October marked the 10-year anniversary of the premiere of Sideways, the movie that belittled Merlot and starred Pinot Noir. This Oscar-nominated movie–a pre-wedding buddy trip gone wrong—features Miles, the main character starring Paul Giamatti. Miles, who utters a notorious line, “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any [expletive] Merlot.” During the next year Merlot sales dropped and Pinot Noir sales soared...... WWW.primewomen.com
And the beautiful Fess Parker Winery in Santa Ynez/Santa Barbara wine country....or the infamous "Frass Canyon" of the Spitton drinking scene?
So Merlot is doing quite well, thank you...our 4th most consumed wine varietal.Merlot remains one of the most approachable and food-friendly red wine choices. The softer tannins of Merlot make it important in red blends. Excellence in Merlot has been achieved in the US with brands like Shafer, Duckhorn, Trefethen, Nickel & Nickel, and Jarvis. Certainly the Merlot-rich blends from France’s Bordeaux region continue to set the standards of excellence and high prices in wine. Right-bank Bordeaux, which are Merlot-rich from the Pomerol Region, for example, Petrus, Chateau Lafleur, and Le Pin continue to command prices like $1000-1500 per bottle. See full story at: www.primewomen.com