Wine Merchant's Blog

Why We Love Merlot...

It's really a shame Miles had to go and ruin Merlot for everyone in that fateful movie, Sideways. Of course it's the ultimate irony that the 1961 Cheval Blanc he finally consumed out of a styrofoam cup at the end is a blend of Cabernet Franc and....Merlot. (That’s just a little detail someone on the writing or production team didn’t seem to know about.  They probably should have chosen a left bank Bordeaux instead, which wouldn’t have such a significant percentage of Merlot, but I digress.) 


Posted by carter on 04/27 at 03:37 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Rosé Season Has Arrived!

This is just a quick post to thank all of our loyal guests for their great enthusiasm for Rosé. When we first opened over 10 years ago, Rosé was a very hard sell. People feared it was sweet and sticky like all the White Zinfandel that was flooded on the market...


Posted by carter on 04/20 at 02:24 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

A Rant About "Cult" and Wine

For a few years now very high end, much in demand wines from Napa and beyond have sometimes been referred to as “cult” wines. And “cult” in this context is supposed to be a positive moniker. Really? Has anybody looked up this word lately? Here is a quick dictionary definition --


Posted by pgranoff on 03/14 at 11:56 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Where Is This Vineyard?

We often have a clear picture - or so we believe - of what a wine growing area might look like, and sometimes we extrapolate that to the vineyards of an entire country. It might be a perception generated by a few well placed photos in a wine magazine, or in a travel publication. You might have seen it so long ago that you can't even remember where the perception first took root. There is nothing like visiting a wine-growing region or country, however,  to shatter those perceptions. The above photo is one I took on a wine buying trip somewhere recently. If you think you know where it is, send me an email to I will give you a hint: it is from a region that was featured in one of our Wednesday Wine Bar events in the last 12 months. If you would like to see more vineyard photography see Peter G

Posted by pgranoff on 02/12 at 09:44 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

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