Nick's Wine Pick – A Venerable California Merlot

California produces an awful lot of Merlot, and a lot of it is pretty awful. It’s boringly inoffensive, designed for the “I’ll have a glass of Merlot” crowd, each indistinguishable from the next.

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Wine events plentiful, from auctions to tastings

When you are celebrating the Celtic holiday of Samhain, or modern-day Halloween, consider the wine cellars at Viña Concha y Toro in Chile, which are known locally as the “Devil’s Cellar.” Their winemaker, Enrique Tirado, explained that winery founder Don Melchor created the story as a way of stopping his best wines from being stolen. Marketed under the Casillero del Diablo label, the 2013 …

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