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“Oh! I get it, now… Merlot is a grape!”

November 2, 2011

Do you remember your first experience with wine?

I remember when I was in sixth grade, and my neighbor and I dared each other to take a sip of the box wine in my parents’ fridge…


Let’s just say that box wine is the perfect way to get your kid to not ever start drinking.  I thank my folks for that box wine…

It kept me on the straight and narrow until I was out of high school (almost).

I remember going to college and starting to become familiar with alcohol…

My idea of a good wine back then was Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill (Come to think of it… It was pretty rad!)…  I was more of a beer guy.

The thing that really got me turned on to wine…  The reason why I ever did anything ever since I was in the fourth grade…

A girl.

I was at a bar, one night… and had hit it off with a nice young woman, so I figured I’d buy her a drink.

“What are you drinking?”

She held up the glass of red juice in her right had, and showed it to me.  “Merlot!”

“I’ll be right back!”

I muscled my way up to the bar (cash in hand), and made eye contact with the bar tender.  “Two Merlows!”

The bar tender looked back at me and asked, “What kind?”

I was confused by the question…

If I were to order a Bud, or a Sierra Nevada, I would have never gotten that question.  “I don’t understand.  That girl said she got a Merlow here… I want two of ’em.”

“I know you want two.  But what kind of Merlot do you want?” she asked again.

I looked back at her, defeated, and said, “Large!”

The bar tender turned back around to get my order… When she returned, she placed two bottles of wine on the bar.

“That’ll be thirty-five dollars.”

Confused, I handed her two twenty-dollar bills.  I grabbed the bottles and some glasses.  As I turned to walk away, I heard the bartender shout back, “Enjoy your two large Merots!  Hahahahahahaha!”

When I made it back to the girl that I had met earlier, she looked at the two bottles and said, “Sutter Home?  I hate that stuff!”

I looked at the label to find that it read “Sutter Home Merlot“.  “Oh!”  I thought to myself, “I get it, now… Merlot is a grape!”

After she filled the rest of her glass, she walked away.

And there I was… All alone… With almost two full bottles of Sutter Home Merlot.

Don’t ask me how the wine tasted…

I don’t remember…

In fact… I don’t remember much of anything from that night…

But a lesson was learned…

There is more to wine than just Red, White, and boxes.

Speaking of Merlot…  Check out the bottle I opened up the other night!

Chateau Ste Michelle 2008 Indian Wells Merlot

I picked up this large Chateau Ste Michelle 2008 Indian Wells Merlot from BevMo for $12.99.  Chateau Ste Michelle is a well-established, fairly priced winery from Washington state.  The Indian Wells series of wines are sourced from several of their estate vineyards.  Here’s how this one went down…

Color: Dark ruby-red.

Nose: Good explosion of plum, cranberry, and blackberry fruit.  There is a nice hint of crushed rock that ties all the big fruit together.

Taste: Nice soft tannins of vanilla and spice.  This is a big juicy wine.  There is a palate-coating flavor of blackberry jam.  There is a nice transition from bright acid, to dry cranberry, to a rich, medium-short finish.

Score: This is the perfect wine for a fancy Tuesday night at home.  It’s a 13 dollar Merlot that can rival those in the 20 – 25 dollar range.  Give it an 89+, and pick this one up.

So that’s it.

I’m leaving you with the same question that I started with…

Do you remember your first experience with wine?  What was it?

Let me know…

Leave a comment below.

Stay Rad,


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