Jack : If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot.
Miles Raymond : No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f#*king Merlot!
Somewhere on this website is the famous Merlot scene from the film Sideways, spoken with outrage and indignation by the sublime Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond, failed writer and wine snob.
The film came out in 2004 and the sales of Merlot dropped like a stone. In some markets it has never really recovered.
(Director and Writer Alexander Payne starts the show)
I had this nagging question hanging over me for a while now.
Is BC Merlot being taken for granted? Has it lost its luster and ranking to the wine fan?
The most planted grape in BC is Merlot but, except for Vancouver Sun wine writer Tony Gismondi, I’m not seeing a lot articles or headlines on BC Merlot.
In the next hour you’ll hear from many of BC’s Best Merlot winemakers. Many of the questions are the same…
Is Merlot being taken for granted?
What was the effect of Sideways?
What makes BC Merlot outstanding?
When did you fall in love with this grape?
Have we all changed our wine tastes?
Many of the questions were the same ..but the answers were all wildly different.
Our 12 Merlot guests include:
Alexander Payne – Screenwriter and Director of Sideways https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668247/
Rhys Pender – Master of Wine http://www.wineplus.ca/
Mary McDermott – Winemaker at Township 7 https://www.township7.com/
Mike Raffan – GM at Township 7 https://www.township7.com/
Phil McGahan – Winemaker at Checkmate Wines. (Winner: 2017 Judgement of BC) https://www.checkmatewinery.com/
Jeff Harder – Co-Owner Ex Nihilo https://exnihilovineyards.com/
Peter Lindenlaub – Wagner Family Wines (Napa) http://www.wagnerfamilyofwine.com/
Kane Morgan – Co-Owner Rust Wine https://www.rustwine.com/
Joseph Luckhurst – Managing Partner Road 13 http://road13vineyards.com/
Larry Gerelus – Co-Owner Stags Hollow (OK Falls) https://stagshollowwinery.com/
Rob Summers – Senior Winemaker at Hester Creek http://hestercreek.com/
Michael Bartier – Co-owner and Winemaker at Bartier Bros http://www.bartierbros.com/
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
Vintage 2019 – featuring
Senka Tennant Terra Vista
Grant Stanley Spearhead
Howard Soon Vanessa
Bailey Williamson Blue Grouse
Meet the Makers – Victoria
Kristen Needham – Sea Cider
Jenny Garlini – Blue Grouse
Stags Hollow – Keira Le Franc
Roche Wine – Penelope Roche
Fitzpatrick Family Wines – Gordon Fitzpatrick
Ricco Bambino – Sebastien Hotte
Sheringham Distillery – Jason MacIsaac
A visit to Blue Grouse
Ben Bryant- Chief winemaker Mission Hill
Colin Linden – Singer and sipper