The theme is “Merlot, the wine that gets no respect”. Merlot has recovered somewhat since the lashing it received by the character Miles in the 2004 movie “Sideways.”

However, it still has an identity crisis. “We plan to expose you to a number of credible Merlot selections, from regions where good examples of this varietal are produced in a blind tasting format,” said Jacky Lopez head of the chapter. “By tasting good examples of this varietal sourced from distinguished growing regions including, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Australia, Washington State, Chile and Bordeaux, side by side you may learn the nuances of the wines produced in the different areas.”

Only 30 tickets are available; the cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Guests will also enjoy, light hors d’oeuvres.

The American Wine Society, or AWS is for anyone who is interested in wine and wants to learn more about it. The AWS mission is the “appreciation of wine through education.” Membership includes wine lovers from novice to expert, amateur and professional winemakers, and people in all aspects of the wine trade. More information about AWS membership

Santa Barbara chapter’s goal is to spotlight wine made locally as well as from other premium wine regions worldwide. More information regarding AWS Santa Barbara chapter can be found online

For tickets and more information about AWS – SB chapter contact Lopez at, or (805) 467-6777.


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