Hey fellow lushes! This just in from the department that decides matters of the utmost importance: Merlot is hip again. Whew, what a freaking relief. Now, The Wino no longer has to chug it secretly, in the closet.
Yeah, it seems ever since a fictional character in a movie made 10 years ago declared he would never dream of drinking Merlot, a bunch of lemmings, er, wait, I mean sophisticated wine drinkers have been snubbing the wine made from a noble grape of Bordeaux. Dude! That Myles guy stole money out of his mama's purse. How could he possibly be a tastemaker?
Fast forward to the end of Sideways and yup, that's him sucking down a bottle of super fancy French Merlot in a Mickey D's. Classy.
Can we please move on? Yes, we can, especially with the help of this clever, should-be-viral video from Gundlach-Bundschu winery in California's Sonoma Valley. Merlot is having its bacon moment.
So, I went searching for the cheapest Washington version of this varietal I could find and found a $5.99 Covey Run, a winery that's been around since 1982. Years ago, when I drank Covey Run, I got a major brain pain, otherwise known as a red wine headache. Dang, that hurts.
Well, bust my buttons, that wine didn't wound me this time around. Its dark berry flavors and rustic edge reminded me of Russell Crowe, kind of deep and brawny. Yet, it was bright and bouncy enough to make a fine companion to my never-fail carbonara. A good everyday drinking wine, as those in-store wine sellers like to say.
When my Mega-Millions ticket hits, there are a boatload of high-end Merlots I've got on my wish list. Why, just last week, I practically fainted over a Merlot from Spring Valley Vineyards a generous friend gifted me. So, that's what a $40 bottle of wine should taste like! All smooth and complex with a basket of different fruit flavors. But not a fruit bomb, no way.
The Wino sincerely hopes Merlot doesn't get too smoking hot. Because that would probably mean the end to $6 bottles of the stuff.