French and American Merlot: Vive la difference

  • 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.


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  • Alberto C

    I heard somebody brought some cheese and bread for this Meetup, that was an awesome ideal, kudos to that person. Maybe I will do the same at the next one. The wine samplings were good! It was great meeting some new people. Remember now, with wine its much easier to " Live Well -Laugh Often -Love Much" . Of course, as I type this, I have already had a few glasses of wine with my pasta and seafood tonight. Until next time! Cheers!

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • John C

    Good selection but hard to do real "judging" but I believe most settled for two of the choices.

    March 7, 2014

  • Teri G

    Sorry not going to be able to make it.

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changed to no. Feeling awful. Sorry everyone.

    March 7, 2014

  • Lysianne U.

    We are running late tonight. Changed to "No". If our timing improves, we will be by as there looks like there will be room.

    March 7, 2014

  • Jim

    Sorry I can't make this one, now you will all have to drink double for me missing!

    March 7, 2014

    • Jim

      Oh, and Ron will be parking cars again, but he upped his fee, so be aware...

      March 7, 2014

    • Douglas H.

      Yeah I had to duck too. First time I missed after signing up for one.

      March 7, 2014

  • Kim

    Wish I could make it tonight.

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies. I will not be attending. I've been fighting an awful cold and it's reared it's ugly head again.

    March 7, 2014

  • Evelyn

    Have a super get together! Laurie is a great organizer and this will be a fun event. See you in the future another time.

    March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fun! Haven't been out to have social fun in awhile!

    February 24, 2014

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