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Clay & Velvety Merlot

40 min
Red Grape Varieties
Taste with Friends

With the boom of bulk-produced Merlot and a hit job in the 2004 film Sideways, this once noble grape finds itself down and out in the world of wine. But in the birthplace of Merlot, the Libournais on Bordeaux's Right Bank, winemakers use the grape to create exceptional complex wines, ripe for aging. Meet the devotees of this underrated variety, from an organic trailblazer in Pomerol to a passionate seventh-generation winemaker in Saint-Émilion.


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What you'll learn

  • Characteristics of Merlot in Saint-Emilion wines

  • Characteristics of Merlot in Pomerol wines

  • The role of Merlot in blending


Clay & Velvety Merlot Kit

Clay & Velvety Merlot Kit

Tasting Kit

Taste in real-time with our wine advisors. Six 100ml tubes. Designed for two people.

Upcoming sessions

Charles Bonnay

Mon, Jul 26 | 4:00 PM

Charles Bonnay

Jordan Lynn Traylor

Mon, Jul 26 | 11:00 PM

Jordan Lynn Traylor

Kateryna Dobbert

Fri, Jul 30 | 11:00 AM

Kateryna Dobbert


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Family reunions, virtual get-togethers, afterworks or why not create your own wine club? Let wine bring you together.

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