Merlove ~ a Documentary About Merlot Wine
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"Take this, Miles" - Wine Spectator
"In the post - ‘Sideways’ years, Merlot lovers have barely been able to show their faces. But filmmaker Rudy McClain unveils his strong cinematic rebuttal - ‘Merlove,’ a documentary defending the grape..."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"As a documentary for wine lovers, it’s essential viewing...a lighthearted, philosophical odyssey...‘Merlove’ is a guaranteed treat."
-The Seattle Times
"After Sideways: Merlot movie to redress the balance"
Merlove is a documentary celebrating Merlot wine in response to the movie Sideways. Have the courage to embark on your own wine adventure. Merlove will help you learn more about wine, but it is your own experience that will guide your personal journey. As you try new wines you will gain love and appreciation for the gifts that wine can bring. Like anything in life, wine can be enjoyed and enhanced by sharing it with others. The bottom line is good wine is good wine and bad wine is bad wine, but that should not stop the adventure. The message of Merlove is that no single grape varietal should be singled out as superior or inferior to others. Enjoy as we interweave documentary style filmmaking with the animation of a bottle of Merlot wine named “Merlove” who must find a way to fill itself with love when aimlessly tossed into the ocean of mediocre Merlot wine.
We want people to know that Merlot is ready to be loved again by all and remember that every vintage has a new story to tell...
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I viewed the film as it was a homework assignment in an "Intro to viticulture" class. From that perspective, it is very interesting. Some of the key points are that Merlot was being overproduced and oversold and becoming a cheap, bad wine. Winemakers were making as much money as they could as fast as they could as it was very profitable. It was already heading toward a downward spiral when the movie "Sideways" came out. The film explains that it's not the fault of the grape variety, but rather the money-hungry corporations that were making cheap wine with it. In France, where Merlot is a major grape in Burgundy (along with Cabernet Sauvignon, both derived from Cabernet Franc), the varietal is not important but rather the location where it is grown is important. It's really about the area grown and the winemaker. Only in the US do we pay so much attention to the varietal. The film documents the fall of Merlot but also how it is viewed by quality wine makers and is still made quite well in various parts of the world. Also, at the end of Sideways, our star drinks an old, expensive French wine while eating a burger in a diner. That wine? A Burgundy blend that is mostly Merlot.
If you love wine, it could be interesting for you. Sorry, but it should be free.
To be enjoyed with a nice bottle of Merlot.
Seeing a bunch of crass Americans visiting such prestigeous places as Chateau Petrus was heart breaking. What a shame. Every 5 minutes, I was tempted to turn it off, but kept hoping it would get better, but alas, it never did.
There were interviews with some great French and American wine makers that could have made this a great documentary, but it was absolutely awful.