"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The other great red wine for the holidays is Merlot from the New World. Pay no attention to those silly rants in Sideways..."
"...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)...."
"...Typically, I would choose a Rhone wine or an Australian Shiraz. But every once in a while, a ripe, luscious Merlot makes sense..."
"...Chisholm Trail Winery Merlot ($35): A new wine from a new winery. Big and gutsy with lots of tannins..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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, www.abbeywinery.com) was a lovely example of the state's potential. Winemaker Matt Cookson, ex of Rombauer in Napa, is making dense, fruity Merlot..."
"...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 www.spicewoodvineyards.com..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...1998 Spicewood Vineyards Merlot..."