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Merlots from California & Washington

Join Trapp Family Lodge in the Wine Cellar for a California & Washington Merlots on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 

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:

  • Clos du Bois, North Coast 2011
  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates, Columbia Valley 2015
  • Benziger, Sonoma County 2016
  • Airfield Runway, Yakima Valley 2015
  • Wente Sandstone, Livermore Valley 2016


February 26, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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