I’ll be participating in twitter tastings next Thursday and Friday–and you’re invited to join along!
For Thursday May 19’s virtual tasting, anyone can taste and tweet about their favorite merlot wines.
I found about it last month when St Francis offered to send me a bottle so I could participate. I said yes, of course! Although I always thought merlot a fine red wine, I fell in love with Washington merlot last spring (especially love it with salmon and seared ahi tuna) and I’ve been much more open minded about merlot from other regions ever since.
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards was the first Sonoma County winery to plant and produce Merlot with their first vintage in 1983. Wine lovers across the country can participate in St. Francis #Merlot Day by signing up, free of charge, at www.stfrancismerlotday.eventbrite.com and opening a bottle of their favorite Merlot. The 24 hour tasting starts at 12:01am with participants sharing tasting notes and images of their favorite Merlot on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #Merlot. Even better, participate by visiting the winery and attending the KJZY radio station Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8:00pm and meet Winemaker Tom Mackey.
St. Francis’ winemaker Tom Mackey has been heralded by the press as the ‘Master of Merlot.’ According to St Francis, “For over 35 years, St. Francis Winery in Sonoma has hand-crafted fruit forward, luscious and full-bodied wines from superior mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County’s best appellations. While most renowned for its red varietals, including its Zinfandel (all old vines 60 – 110 years old), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Francis also produces a noteworthy Chardonnay. St. Francis Sonoma County wines are bursting with flavor and are recognized globally for outstanding quality and great value. Visit us at www.stfranciswinery.com“
On Friday, May 20th I’ll be participating in a live Twitter tasting for more wines from Planet Bordeaux (Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur). Just in time for summer, they plan to send me white, rosé, and clairet wines this time around.