The origination of Merlot has been traced back to France in the 1700s. The name “Merlot” roughly translates to little blackbird; possibly due to dark blue/black coloring, or those pesky blackbirds that eat the grapes. Some other interesting things about Merlot are:
► Merlot is a sibling of Cabernet Sauvignon
► Merlot is the most planted wine grape in Bordeaux, France
► The first time Merlot was ever mentioned was in 1783. They spelled it Merlau and said, “makes a
black and excellent wine, productive in good soil.”
► The most expensive Merlot was sold at auction in 2011. a case of 1961 Pétrus went for
$144,000 USD – That’s $12,000 a bottle. We WILL NOT be having this wine at our tasting!
Stephanie will provide much more information on Merlot as she pours some great examples of this varietal.
- Castolo Cellars Merlot (California)
- Dusted Valley Boomtown Merlot (Washington)
- Venica & Venica Merlot (Italy)
- Rickety Bridge Merlot (South Africa)
- Vieux Château Saint-André Montagne Saint-Emilion
And to celebrate the beginning of Autumn, we'll have a little surprise wine for you while supply lasts.