Merliance. a Long Island merlot producers trade group (formerly the Long Island Merlot Alliance), is offering the public an opportunity on April 25 to blind taste their wines alongside a panel of New York City food and wine professionals.
The Merlot Focus at Artisanal Cheese, as the event is called, is a sit-down tasting with a panel that includes Artisanal’s Max McCalman, Mandy Oser, co-owner of Ardesia Wine Bar, and David Lecomte, head winemaker at City Winery. The panel and public participants will attempt to distinguish the wines of Long Island among a group of 13 merlots, including some produced elsewhere. At a similar Long Island trade tasting earlier this year, a Long Island merlot from McCall Wines topped 14 wines.
The organizers are hosting a cheese reception following the event that will feature Merliance member winemakers, including Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate Vineyards, and the panelists.
Tickets are $70 each and are available online. The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center is at 483 10th Ave. (between W. 34th St. and W. 35. St.).