The Merlot market was crushed by the movie Sideways After Sideways won the Oscar, everyone in the world went nuts about Pinot Noir, says wine expert Peter Slywka. At the same time, they turned up their noses at Merlot, because that's exactly what the lead does throughout the entire movie.
Apparently this line especially stuck with the industry:
"Pour any Merlot, and I'm leaving."
But what's the great wine that the Sideways lead is drinking out of the styrofoam cup at the end? Merlot.
- Peter Slywka, www.skurnikwines.com
They really do still stomp on grapes with their feet, just not as much as they used to
Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines.
But there is no where near the amount of stompage that there used to be in the industry.
Of course, that could change in early 2011
The wine industry could really get stomped on by the capital gains tax hike.
Currently, profits made on wine can be saved from Read More »from 13 Things You Need To Know To Sound Smart About Wine