Jack: “If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot.”
Miles Raymond: “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any %*%# Merlot!”
The above line is from one of my very favorite movies, “Sideways”. If you love wine and you haven’t seen this movie, you really should rent it. It’s a fun evening of voyeuristic wine tasting.
According to wine experts, Miles Raymond’s love for Pinot Noir and hatred for Merlot actually caused a shift in the buying habits of wine drinkers! What a bunch of sheep we all are!!!
I actually really love Merlot no matter how Miles feels about it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of flat, uninteresting Merlot out there, but there is also a lot of complex lovely Merlot out there. In my opinion, Merlot is kind of a gateway drug to Cabernet Sauvignon. Some people, however, stay with Merlot and never move on. Some, like me, love both!
So because I am on a never ending quest to make your lives more interesting, I tasted a bunch of inexpensive Merlots in an effort to find a “Starter Merlot” that you could try without taking out a second mortgage on your house. You may have a more advanced palate than mine, actually it’s highly likely that you have a more advanced palate than mine, and so you may agree with Miles about Merlot. But maybe you’ll love it! Maybe this wine will start a life long love affair with Merlot and you will have me to thank! That would make all the wine drinking I’ve done on your behalf worth it. So, if you are so inclined, give this wine a swirl in your class. It’s nice for the price and would pair wonderfully with a steak or beef stew or even a burger. If you try it, let me know what you think!!!