7 Californian Merlots Under $15

7 Californian Merlots Under $15As we wrote in our 2009 roundup of 15 Excellent Merlots Below $15, “merlot can be exciting and merlot can be exceptional”.  I agree with this, but let me go on confirmation here by saying I’m hard on merlot.  Maybe it’s because I’ve tasted so many stout & jammy, cookie cutter examples that I’ve grown a small weary of the varietal, particularly with less expensive versions.  Now that’s not to suggest that you can’t find a diamond in the rough.  You certainly can, but the task is made much harder with a varietal that the industry, the domestic vintners in particular, have all but typecast.
So here we go again, in an ongoing effort to hunt down an exceptional, noteworthy merlot for below $15, we’re rounding up a few arrivals to Cheapwineratings.com, and seeing if one of these gets to wear the crown for most distinguished merlot, in an also-ran varietal category. Read more

Rothschilds And Wine

“My grandfather was the only Rothschild who detested being referred to as a businessman,” says Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild. He’s the baron’s heir and with his 77-year-old mother, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owns privately held Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, which he says annually produces between 100,000 and 150,000 bottles of the Bordeaux first-growth Pauillac Chateau Mouton Rothschild.Baron Rothschild Read more