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Merlot grapes on the vine (Wikipedia)

After the House, the Search for the Perfect Merlot

Personally, I have a hard time with Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec because they are real bruisers. Unless, of course, there's a candlelit, air-conditioned romantic dinner involved...

A Week of Sous Vide and Wine

When chicken is cooked this way, it doesn’t just “taste like chicken.” This chicken has flavor, depth, and complexity, and no other foods that allegedly taste like chicken can possibly taste like *this* chicken.
Freemark Abbey and Tasting Bag

The Death of (A) Freemark Abbey Merlot

You know those movies that have the slow-motion scenes when something horrible is about to happen?
Trader Joe's 2010 Petite Reserve Napa Valley Merlot

Trader Joe’s, Pine Ridge, and Learning Your Own Palate

I would love to be able to enjoy the 98+ point wines, but no wine shops have layaway.

Drugstore Wine, Screwcap Corkscrew, Chinese Merlot

There were no smiles, just puzzled, furrowed brows. Except for mine, of course. I had a barely-contained evil grin.
2001 Provenance Carneros Merlot

I Drink No Wine That’s Past Its Prime

And then I tasted it. Dammit.
2002 Provenance Merlot

Sin! Debauchery! Dust! Wine!

Now that I have your attention, I just wanted to share a little about the amazing weekend I spent with The Wineaux Guy™ and talk about some of the fabulous wines we had.

A Tale of Two Ages – New Wine or Old?

One of the complaints I've received about my occasional tasting notes and/or videos is that I'm tasting wines that sometimes cannot be purchased anywhere any more. I would like to say I'm sorry, but I'm really not.

In the Laboratory – My Soupy Weekend

I chose the Thomas Keller five-hour method. What was the result? Orgasmic.