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Sideways, Merlot and sudden enlightenment

Served at 1:11 AM on Sunday, August 20, 2006

It's interesting to know that the 2004 movie Sideways increased the demand for Pinot Noir in a phenomenal way. On the downside, it also somehow killed Merlot.

Miles, in the movie says:
"No. If anybody orders merlot, I'm leaving. I am not drinking any f***ing merlot!"

And Jack replies back saying:
"Okay, okay. Relax, Miles...
Jesus. No merlot...

But Merlot is not always all that bad!

Many say that this generalized aversion to Merlot is not correct. The most expensive and sought after red wines in the world (like the Château Pétrus) are merlots.

Sula Satori Merlot: Sudden Enlightenment
The Sula stable carries an interesting Merlot that goes by the name of Sula Satori Merlot. Satori, they say, is a Zen term which means sudden enlightenment. This Merlot has a bouquet of spices on the nose, and a surprisingly balanced and nice-bodied feeling around the tongue. The tannins are subdued, so it makes a great beginner wine.

It stands tall as a wine that can be perfectly enjoyed on its own, but we experienced that it actually accentuated the taste of thai food, especially "Pad Thai" with green curry. The lemongrass and the Merlot are an amazing combination to seduce your senses.

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