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About merrill@cellarit.com

Wine and art are my two big passions and I think they complement each other really well. I love everything about wine, and especially the stories about the people who make it. Top winemakers are as fascinating as great artists! Both care passionately about what they do and want to make a difference. In my blog posts I try to give you a taste of what the best minds in the wine world are thinking and doing.

Long Live Penfolds Bin 389: Notes from a Vertical Tasting

Penfolds Bin 389 is sometimes referred to as ‘Baby Grange’ or ‘Poor Man’s Grange’. Like the iconic Penfolds Grange, Bin 389 shares the same legendary creator, Max Schubert, who first produced the wine in 1960, nine years after unveiling his …

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Biodynamic Winemaker named Winemaker of 2016 by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

I was very pleased to learn that Peter Fraser, chief winemaker at McLaren Vale’s Yangarra Estate, was recently named Winemaker of 2016 by  James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. Fraser has been making wine for the Californian Jackson Family owned Yangarra …

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The Wonderful Diversity of Greek Grape Varieties

You may be surprised to learn that Greece has an estimated 300 indigenous grape varieties! Of course, winemaker and consumer attention is focused on what are commonly referred to as the big four: Xinomavro, Agiorgitiko, Moschofilero and Assyrtiko, but other interesting …

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