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Weekend Wine
As for the wine snobs, too bad for them!
DAILY Food  September 22, 2018, by Wes Marshall
"...Merlot gets such a bad rap. Lots of folks blame the movie Sideways for its reputation, but wine snobs had been turning their noses up at California Merlots long before that...."

House at the End of the Street
This scary-house movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is a strictly middling nonshocker.

Film Review  September 28, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Beggars can't be choosers, though, and Sarah's dad is nowhere around (he's a musician, see). While Sarah busies herself cornering the market on Anxious Mommy Merlot, Elissa makes friends and more with Ryan (Thieriot), the now-teenage survivor of the next-door massacre, much to the chagrin of the gossipy townsfolk...."

Sipping From the Spigot
The time has come for the great boxed-wine challenge
Food Story  August 10, 2007, by Wes Marshall
"...We tasted the wines in varietal groups: Pinot Grigios, Chardonnays, other whites, Merlots, Cabernets, Shirazes, and other reds. Instead of using a 100-point scale, we decided to use the system that most wine competitions would use..."

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Holiday Wines
Food Column  November 22, 2002, by Wes Marshall
"...The classic red wine recommendation for Thanksgiving is merlot. Some California merlot makers are selling wine at prices necessitating a second mortgage, but we found a few inexpensive winners..."

Wine of the Week
Holiday wines for everyone from carnivores to vegans
Food Column  November 26, 2010, by Wes Marshall
"...The other great red wine for the holidays is Merlot from the New World. Pay no attention to those silly rants in Sideways..."

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Wines for the Holidays
Food Column  November 23, 2001, by Wes Marshall
"...Working in thankless conditions that take time and money to bear fruit, they have nevertheless wrested some delicious wine from their grapes. Some of my favorites include Texas Hills Vineyards' Pinot Grigio ($13), Becker Vineyards' Viognier ($14), Spicewood Vineyards' Merlot ($13), Fall Creek Vineyards' Granite Reserve ($12), and Cana Cellars' Muscat Canelli ($17)...."

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Luxury Picnic Wine
DAILY Food  June 5, 2018, by Wes Marshall
"...Typically, I would choose a Rhone wine or an Australian Shiraz. But every once in a while, a ripe, luscious Merlot makes sense..."

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Texas Wines With Texas Game
Food Column  June 7, 2002, by Wes Marshall
"...Chisholm Trail Winery Merlot ($35): A new wine from a new winery. Big and gutsy with lots of tannins..."

Happy Trails
Thirteen of Texas' Hill Country wineries, all within an easy drive of Austin, are uniting to create a two-day Valentine's celebration of love and wine February 12-13 in the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. Wes Marshall provides the details on the participating wineries.
Food Story  February 11, 2000, by Wes Marshall
"...All are worth tasting, but be sure to try the Viognier, Provence, Reserve Cabernet, and Port. For the Wine Lover's Trail, Becker will pour the 1998 Estate Merlot and serve it with Roscar Handmade European Chocolates created by chef Frans Hendriks..."

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The 'Chronicle' food and wine update: spring, 2003
Food Column  May 9, 2003, by Wes Marshall
"...They've since added a wine they call Due Ami (a delicious dry white made from semillon and sauvignon blanc) and another muscat. Coming soon will be a merlot and a sangiovese..."

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Chronicle wine expert Wes Marshall serves up the latest best deals to wine lovers in Austin and updates readers on the festivities surrounding this year's Texas Hill Country Wine Lovers' Trail.
Food Column  February 1, 2002, by Wes Marshall
"...Each of the wineries offers something special to grab your interest. Sweet lovers should be delighted at the offerings at Becker Vineyards (hand-made chocolate and merlot), Fredericksburg Winery (wine-filled chocolates), Sister Creek Vineyards (homemade chocolate with merlot), Spicewood Vineyards (a wide range of desserts by our own Virginia B..."

Weekend Wine
A defense for the Carménère grape
DAILY Food  January 5, 2019, by Wes Marshall
"...Back in the mid-19th century, the burghers in Bordeaux decided to limit production of their local red wines to those made with six varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and occasionally Carménère. The winemakers in Chile had some very prized old vines that had never had to withstand the infestations of vine-killing bugs that France faced..."

Weekend Wine
A random walk down the best values in holiday wines!
DAILY Food  November 18, 2017, by Wes Marshall
"...Of course, this is where most wine lovers will settle, and the grapes of the Rhône shine brightest. Although I will remind you of the great assistance provided by our friends at Fox Searchlight Pictures who, 13 years ago, destroyed the marketplace for one of God’s greatest grapes, the Merlot..."

Wine of the Week: Riondo Rosso
A stunning wine at one-seventh the price
Food Column  April 13, 2012, by Wes Marshall
"...The bottle looks like an expensive antique crock and just screams to have a ribbon and gift card attached. Luckily, the wine itself is made of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from the beautiful Italian vineyards around Venice..."

Bargains in the Mist
Where to find the missing link
Features Story  August 5, 2005
"...Paul Frank Slippers – Red and blue w/ monkey head – $22Everytime Food MartPapio Merlot 2003 – Label w/ three purple monkeys playing music – $6.99Five OceansMini Mozart Monkey – Sock monkey – $34Goodie Two ShoesTurquoise Blouse – Blouse w/ monkey head above hip – $24Kid GeniusBrown Monkey – TY punkies monkey – $5.99..."

Food and Wine With Altitude
The Colorado scene capitalizes on climate.
Food Story  July 15, 2005, by Wes Marshall
"...The most prevalent grape in Colorado is Merlot – all planted before Sideways, of course – and the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey's Reserve Merlot ($25, was a lovely example of the state's potential. Winemaker Matt Cookson, ex of Rombauer in Napa, is making dense, fruity Merlot..."

Dot's Place suffers a tragic fire but is already rising from the ashes; the Texas Book Festival hosts Bon Appetit, Y'all; and Halloween's around the bend
Food Column  October 29, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Free Ice Cream To thank Austinites for 20 years of support, Amy's Ice Creams will give away free ice cream at all Austin locations from noon to 6pm, Monday, Nov. 1st.Merlot Noveau at Spicewood Vineyards"

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The wines of Chile and Argentina: up close and personal
Food Column  May 7, 2004, by Wes Marshall
"...Moving a little up the price range, their Anitguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon ($14) uses grapes derived from cuttings the Cousiño family brought from France in 1863, before phylloxera devastated the European vineyards. The top of the line is Finis Terrae ($20) a Cabernet Merlot blend that would shame more than a few expensive Bordeaux wines in a blind tasting...."

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Texas Hill Country Wine Trail
Food Column  August 17, 2001, by Wes Marshall
"...A huge selection of wines, with Texas's largest selection of sweet wines. They will be releasing a medium-sweet Merlot and a dessert Chardonnay...."

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Four Great Red Wines
Food Column  March 2, 2001, by Wes Marshall
"...1998 Spicewood Vineyards Merlot..."

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