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Merlot Tasting

Join the Trapp Family Lodge in their Wine Cellar for a Five Merlots from Four Countries wine tasting on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. 

Merlots got a bad rap several years ago when the movie Sideways sang the praises of Pinot Noir and poo-pooed Merlot. I sold wine for a Vermont distributor at the time and we saw our Merlot sales dip while we had a hard time keeping Pinot Noir in stock.

I noticed that the next vintage of Merlots out of California were better. It seemed to me that the movie had that effect, a good one. Merlot had become so popular that I believe some wineries had grown a bit lazy with their Merlot programs and the movie was a wake-up call.

There is nothing inferior about the grape itself. I think California Chardonnays are currently going through a similar identity crisis. An inside joke from Sideways is that the final bottle of the movie which Miles praises is a famous Bordeaux made from non-other than Merlot.

Price is $20. Please call or see the front desk to place reservations at (802) 253-5742. Doors open at 4 p.m. They suggest you arrive no later than 5 p.m. to avoid feeling rushed. People come and go during the tasting which is an informal walk around format. The event ends at 6 p.m.

Tasting Includes:

  • Mezza Corona, Verona, Italy 2016
  • Crest Grand Estates, Columbia Valley 2015
  • Chateau le Bergey, Bordeaux, France 2017
  • Tilia, Argentina 2015
  • Benzinger, Sonoma County 2015


June 19, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Trapp Family Lodge

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