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Move Over Pinot Noir, Merlot is Back!

Sunday, February 19 - 12noon

Move Over Pinot Noir, Merlot is Back!
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The “Sideways Effect” is real—in the years following the movie and the infamous line: “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any ****ing Merlot!” Merlot sales dropped and Pinot Noir grew over 16%. While it’s true that Pinot Noir is a muse like no other, Merlot has an important role to play—it’s The Middle.

Merlot is the most widely planted red wine grape on the North Fork of Long Island. There is no doubt it is perfectly suited to our terroir, developing beautifully in both excellent growing seasons and those that leave something to be desired. In this 90 minute class we will taste 5 wines along with light bites and explore the nuances of both Merlot and Pinot Noir. Discover why Merlot is so widely planted on Long Island, and why it is so well suited to red blends as well as, as a single varietal wine.

  • Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
  • Time: 12noon and 2pm
  • Tickets: $75pp, ($65pp for Club Members)

Meet Beth Santosuosso

Beth's love of wine started here on the North Fork after tasting the phenomenal 2010 vintage and developing a desire to learn more about the wine making process and business.  She holds a WSET Level III Certification, Passed With Merit from the International Wine Center in NYC.  In addition to her time spent on the North Fork and in the Finger Lakes, she has traveled extensively to wine regions across the United States, France, Australia, and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University.  Her time is split between Riverhead and Queens and has been working with Suhru since 2019.  

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