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McIntyre 2015 Kimberly Vineyard Merlot: If anyone orders Merlot, I'm staying!

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Released nearly fifteen years ago, Sideways remains one of the most successful wine movies of all time. The film's wine-centric character Miles praised Pinot Noir, while his passionate refusal to drink Merlot decreased public demand for it in the States so much, the measurable drop in sales was dubbed "the Sideways Effect." I totally embrace both varietals, and since there will never be another wine movie quite like Sideways, for about a decade now I have hosted an annual get-together with a small circle of friends to watch the film for the umpteenth time. Guests are asked to bring a bottle each of Merlot and Pinot Noir, and to make sure both are proven winners.

The good news is, I’ve already found my bottle of Merlot for this year’s viewing: McIntyre 2015 Kimberly Vineyard Merlot. McIntyre Vineyards is owned by long-time wine grower Steve McIntyre. The wine hails from the estate’s 81-acre Merlot vineyard in Arroyo Secco (Monterey County) appellation and i…

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