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Marx Brothers Merlot 2016
Central Coast, California

Monkey Business (1931)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 @ 10:45 PM (ET)

Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo are all here in the brothers’ first film shot in Southern California. Ostensibly about a group of stowaways on a luxury liner who get mixed up with rival gangsters, like other Marx Brothers films the plot is really just a backdrop for a series of great gags – setting new standards for on-screen anarchy! Uncork a smooth and pleasing Merlot and settle in for the film that made the Brothers major film stars.

THE WINE

The Marx Brothers have kept audiences laughing for over a century, and like a good wine, they only get better with age. From their early days in vaudeville and their time as the toast of Broadway, they went on to become the most iconic comedy team of Hollywood’s Golden Age. And we couldn’t think of a better wine to represent them than this velvety, easy-drinking California Merlot. It hails from prime-sited Central Coast vineyards and the fantastic 2016 vintage. Light oak aging adds gentle spice notes to the ripe, red-fruit flavors and silky-smooth tannins.

THE VINTAGE

California is on a real hot streak, and the 2016 vintage was no exception. Critic Robert Parker says the Golden State’s had an “unprecedented and historic succession of great years, such as 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. It now appears 2016 will end up equally impressive. Talk about an ‘embarrassment of riches.’ ... Nearly every vigneron and vintner I talked to was thrilled with what 2016 has produced.”

THE GRAPE

GI_grapes_red_onvine_napaNamed after the grape-devouring blackbird (le merle in French), Merlot is one of the world’s most popular reds. Known for velvety, foodfriendly reds, it’s most famous in Bordeaux’s Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, where the best bottles can sell for thousands of dollars each. Merlot thrives all over the world though, namely in California, where top cuvées from Napa and Sonoma can also fetch a pretty penny.

WITH FOOD

duck_confitoverlentilsandpotatoes (2)Like the Marx Brothers, this foodfriendly Merlot is easy to enjoy. Pair it with your favorite poultry dish (from duck soup to roasted turkey) or alongside heartier meats like pork tenderloin or lamb chops. Vegetarians can enjoy it with mushroom burgers, butternut squash ravioli, and more. Of course, this is also smooth enough to sip all on its own.

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