on the way to campus I was listening to Fresh Air, and Sideways author/screen writer Rex Pickett was on. I came into the segment when the interviewer (not terri gross this time) asked why Pickett didn't like merlots. listen to the segment here
In the movie one of his character says, "If anyone orders merlot, I'm leaving. I'm not drinking any fucking merlot."
Pickett explained that there are some very good merlots, but most of the merlots you get around here (here being california I assume) basically taste the same. Merlot is apparently (according to Pickett) a good blending grape, but not necessarily very interesting in its own right (unlike his preferred grape: pinot noir -- YUM).
I guess I just wanted to post this because I don't like merlots. I don't actually know why I don't like merlots, (although I have like one merlot... i think it was one andrei gave me for my bday once) and it seems odd since I like most other reds. I'd like to think that I was wine snobby enough to say that I don't like merlots for the same reason as Mr. Pickett. But I don't think that's the case. I just don't like 'em.
Listening to this segment was also quite apropros as minger had just brought up this very line from this movie just this past saturday at our wine party (see details of this and our weekend here).