Masters of Wine "Considering Merlot" Panel Tasting - October 27th - San Francisco

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) will hold a panel tasting of Californian Merlot-based wines at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco on Saturday October 27th 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

As a follow-up to the popular IMW panel discussions addressing American Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Mary Margaret McCamic MW and Tim Marson MW will lead a discussion with Napa winemakers considering the merits of Merlot as a both a single variety and a component in a blended wine. Using wines produced from Merlot as a guide, the panel will explore topics that cover the grape variety in the vineyard, technical decisions in the winery, age ability, as well as Merlot's evolving commercial appeal.

This is a great opportunity for students and industry professionals to learn directly from winemakers and Masters of Wine.

Panelists on the 2:00pm to 4:00pm seated tasting will include:

Neil Bernardi - Vice President of Winemaking, Duckhorn Wine Company
Nova Cadamatre MW - Senior Director of Winemaking, Robert Mondavi Winery
Ivo Jeramaz - Vice President of Vineyards & Production, Grgich Hills Esate
Aaron Pott - Winemaker, Blackbird Vineyards; Owner/Winemaker, Pott Wines

Tickets are $100 . They can be purchased via Local Wine Events, here. A limited number of reduced rate tickets are available to MWs, full-time wine industry professionals, and MW students/registered WSET Diploma students. Please email Nancy Johnson at for reduced rate ticket promo codes along with your proof of trade or student status.

Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred. Please purchase early to ensure ticket availability as this event will sell out quickly.

Dress: Wine Country Casual. Attendees should kindly remember to avoid wearing perfume or other heavily scented lotions.