A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine of the Month: Nelms Road Merlot 2001 ($18)

April 17th, 2004

Nelms Road is the second label of Woodward Canyon in Columbia County, Washington. Woodward Canyon is my favorite merlot producer from the state of Washington, and four years ago they started to produce a new lower cost line of wines under the Nelms Road label. This wine is delicious. It’s a blend of 77% merlot and 22% cabernet sauvignon. The cabernet adds structure and body to the wine, while the merlot adds layers of cherries, plums and spices. There is also a hint of vanilla indicative of the barrel aging. This wine is well made with enough acidity to balance the layers of fruit. Nelms Road is a great easy drinking wine that will go perfectly with grilled hamburgers, ribs or chicken.

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