The Long Island Merlot Alliance announced the formation of its Merliance Wine Trail, which opened on May 24 to celebrate the release of its highly anticipated 2011 merliance cooperative red blend.
The Merliance Wine Trail allows attendees to taste world-class merlots and merliance wine at the seven participating wineries located in the Hamptons or on the North Fork. The wineries are Sherwood House Vineyards, Clovis Point, T’Jara Vineyards, McCall Wines, Lieb Cellars, Raphael and Wölffer Estate Vineyard.
Attendees can pick up a Merliance Trail Map at any one of the seven member wineries. Visitors will be able to gain valuable knowledge about merlot and merlot-based varietals, according to the press release. After each visit, the winery will stamp the visitor’s card and at the completion of the trail, attendees will receive a free bottle of merliance wine.
The merliance wine is a blend of 100-percent merlot from each of the wineries. A bottle costs $35.
“Long Island is one of the few places in the world that provides the best opportunity for growing and producing world-class wines substantially comprised of the merlot grape.” Roman Roth, president of LIMA, said. “We have wonderful growing conditions to make a special merlot and it shows that we are taking this grape variety seriously.”
For more information, visit LIMA’s website at www.longislandmerlot.com.