American Wine Society - John Marshall Chapter
Sunday, March 11
6:30 PM ~ social time
7:00 PM ~ meeting begins
Cost: $20 person – covers wines and foods
Big Reds of the Central Coast
“I’m NOT drinking any (bleeping) merlot!”
Thus did Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti), in the movie Sideways, change the course of American wine history in 2 ways:
1. He killed merlot sales for the next 10 years
2. He introduced us to the pinot noirs of California’s Central Coast
Running the 300 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the Central Coast includes the wine regions of Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara. Hilites of the terroir are a limestone soil that forces the vines to struggle, and wild swings in summer temperatures, from 100 degrees in the day to 50 degrees at nite. You and I hate it; grapes love it.
One singular result of the recent winemaking efforts in this area: their cabernet sauvignons are now widely considered – even by Wine God Robert Parker – equal to those of Napa Valley. Combined with lower prices and wide accessibility, Central Coast wines today offer terrific value.
And on Sunday, March 11, Marlene Reddoor will introduce us to them all: the cabernets from Paso Robles, the syrahs from San Luis Obispo, pinots of Santa Barbara, and – yes – some merlots may appear too. Sorry, Miles.
Blockbuster red wines are always a big attraction at our meetings, so this one may well be a sellout.
RSVP to: JMarshall_AWS@yahoo.com, tell us how many people attending. This really helps in planning and avoiding wasted food and wine.
ALSO- let them know if you’d be interested in bringing a food. You will join a happy cadre of foodies, and you will be reimbursed.
Then, for giggles, watch the scenes from Sideways on YouTube again. See what the shouting was all about. And what did he have against merlot anyway?