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The Essentials Merlot 2013
Lodi, California

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

Be seduced by this spicy Tempranillo while swashbuckling Errol Flynn falls for Viveca Lindfors’ Spanish Queen in Adventures of Don Juan. The film’s legendary hero originated in the south of Spain and makes the perfect suitor for this charming and toasty Valencia red. Don Juan’s climactic sword fight with the Duke de Lorca (Robert Douglas) pairs superbly with such a dynamic vintage.

THE WINE

Nothing beats a good movie and a delicious glass of wine. The Essentials from Turner Classic Movies showcases landmark films that have had a lasting impact and this exclusive wine range will help you discover classic examples of the world’s star grapes. Wait until you taste the latest release ...

THE GRAPE

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

Often cast as Cabernet Sauvignon's smooth sidekick in the famed blends of Bordeaux, Merlot is more than capable of taking the lead role – as you'll taste here. Merlot's silky, plummy nature shines through in the glass – this time, with the supporting role played by Cab (the winemaker added a splash to give the palate a bit of extra oomph). Talk about your delicious role reversals! Sourced from top sites across California’s sunny, warm Lodi region – Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Region of the Year – this rich red has what our California expert describes as “great presence.” Look for milk chocolate and plum character in this easygoing charmer – and maybe uncork it with your favorite buddy film!

WITH FOOD

foodDress it up or down at dinnertime – Merlot is an easy red to match with food, thanks to its silky tannins and (typically) medium body. At important dinners, it will shine with prime rib, rack of lamb or whole roasted citrus chicken. On a weeknight, match it up with pasta and marinara, quick pork chops, or cheesy casseroles. Even burgers on the grill will be tasty.

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