Firestone Vineyard Wine Lab Sunday: Merlot Madness – Debunking the Sideways Effect

Mar 19, 2023 Event Wine Tasting
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Join us as we take a dive deep into the world of wine in a series of fun and informative monthly wine gatherings.  We will feature three Foley Food & Wine Society partner wineries from across California exploring common themes among them.

On Sunday, March 19th, Sommelier Billie Rolla will lead a group of wine enthusiasts in “Merlot Madness: Debunking the Sideways Effect” that includes blind tasting, small group conversation, and perhaps a new appreciation of this ill-treated noble grape.  

In March we’re celebrating Merlot Madness. One of the most rare and expensive wines in the world is Merlot, and it resides on the list of Noble Grapes with good reason.  Learn the real history behind Merlot. Discuss the damage the movie Sideways played on its reputation—we will explore the other grapes of Sideways as well. Explore what Merlot brings to the table with a small blending lab and experiment with some fun pairings, all while discovering some amazing examples of this great varietal. 

The cost of Wine Lab Sundays includes TWO (2) seats at the table, so bring a friend, a loved one, or just yourself and meet other fun wine enthusiasts. Absolutely no previous wine knowledge is necessary.

This experience includes one bottle each of the following wines for guests to take home:

2017 Chateau St. Jean Merlot, Dry Creek Valley
2019 Firestone The Chairman Series Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley
2019 Silverado Mt. George Vineyard Merlot, Napa

Duration: 1:30 hour experience

Reservation is for parties of 2.
$156 per couple: Firestone and FFWS wine club members
$195 per couple: General Public

No pets are permitted as this experience takes place in our HAACP certified winery.

Questions? Please contact us, (805) 688-3940, or