Mar 7, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Let's taste some French and American Merlot. Feel free to wear your favorite beret or baseball cap to this special event :-)
Merlot (pronounced Mare-LOW)
Merlot is the most widely planted red grape in France’s Bordeaux region, although it is eclipsed in stature by cabernet sauvignon, the grape with which it is routinely blended. In recent years, Merlot has enjoyed a explosion in popularity, especially in the United States, South America, Italy and Australia. In California, plantings have risen from 4,000 acres in 1988 to over 50,000 today.
Merlot’s popularity is due to the fact that it is softer, fruitier, and earlier-maturing than cabernet sauvignon, yet displays many of the same aromas and flavors – black cherry, currant, cedar, and green olive – along with mint, tobacco and tea-leaf tones.
The cost of the tasting is $13-please pay the Barrique's cashier when you arrive and receive a wine glass to use for the tasting and join the group. Barriques takes cash and credit cards.
Barriques will offer a tasting of 8 delicious bottles of Merlot wine from the U.S. and France.
Barriques in Middleton offers free parking and a full service coffee and espresso bar that opens early each morning. In addition to an irresistible fresh from the oven bakery, they have a light sandwich and salad menu to take care of your tummy. For evening enjoyment we serve beer by the bottle and wines by the glass or bottle. Plus you can pick up a bottle if you wish.