Where to Pair Duckhorn Merlot with In-N-Out Cheeseburgers

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LearnAboutWine wants to set foodies up in a coupling they’re certain will turn everyone on: fine wine and In-N-Out cheeseburgers. Starting January 8th, Learn’s Ian Blackburn is introducing what he calls “Blind Dates,” featuring 20 international wines anonymously poured for you to blind taste and then note the delicate nuances it reveals in SoCal’s preferred burger. The first night will strictly star Merlots, while subsequent Blind Dates will focus on Cab and Zinfandel. Classes are limited to just 20 guests at $69 a person and reservations can be made online. The Merlot varietals that are planned for January 8th are listed below, with more to come as the event draws near.

LearnAboutWine’s Blind Date
Merlot and Cheeseburgers
January 8th

Featured Merlot

1. Twomey, Merlot, Napa Valley, 2005 (from the folks at Silver Oak)
2. Craggy Range, “Sophia” New Zealand, 2004 (winemaker worked at Petrus)
3. Peju, Merlot, Napa Valley, 2006 (Exciting 91 point effort)
4. Duckhorn Vineyards, Merlot, Napa Valley, 2005 (Top Producer)
5. Markham Vineyards, Merlot, Napa Valley, 2005 (classic Napa value)
6. Pahlmeyer, Merlot, Napa Valley, 2005 - RP 94 - $100 a bottle
7. Chateau Pavie, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, France, 1998 (70% Merlot) (95 RP - $250)
8. Aromes de Pavie, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, France, 2005 (70% Merlot)
9. Chateau Guerry, Cotes De Bourg, Bordeaux, 2005 (65% Merlot)
10. Rosenthal Estate, Merlot, Malibu, 2000 (A LAW favorite)
11. Lagone, Aia Vecchia, Tuscany, Italy, 2006 (60% Merlot - 91 points - top value)
12. Kenwood, Jack London Merlot, 2007
13. Beringer “Howell Mountain” Merlot, Napa Valley 2005
14. Cerro Caliente, Merlot, Paso Robles, 2005
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