Merlot Under the Tuscan Sun

Merlot Under the Tuscan Sun

Merlot Under the Tuscan Sun Sangiovese isn’t the only grape growing under the Tuscan sun. There are many others like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In fact Merlot is the 5th most planted grape in Italy and is doing exceptionally well at Ricasoli.. Francesco...
Bringing Back Merlot

Bringing Back Merlot

I can’t remember the last time I drank a Merlot can you? Maybe you have, but it’s been a while since I drank one and I don’t know why. Its been so long that forgot how good it tastes. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, perhaps for me it makes the palate...
The Other Side of Bordeaux

The Other Side of Bordeaux

Bordeaux wine, you think of the Bordeaux 5, a blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot with the Cabernet Sauvignon as the base.  You also might think $$$. Let’s take a look at Bordeaux and the other side of it, the...
Tasting Turkish Wines

Tasting Turkish Wines

I recently did a podcast with Shane Rai owner of Vino Rai, a Seattle based importer of Turkish Wines.  Being that I am (or now was) a Turkish wine virgin, he was kind enough to send me a sample of Gali 2010 Merlot / Cabernet Franc blend. I was very excited as I...