There's no reason to hide our love of top-notch Merlot.
The current attitude among wine fans about Merlot - don't get caught dead
with it - is a fashion trend, not a wine evaluation. Like many bashin'-fashions,
it arose in response to over-exposure. Starbucks was cool once, before it was
on every block downtown. Even Jennifer Lopez went from scorching hot to the,
ahem, butt of jokes when she put out too many movies, videos, and albums too
quickly. Same with Merlot. So it's useful to remember when Merlot was first
emerging into the limelight.