Washington and a Global view of Merlot

03 March 2018 | 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-7
The City Club of San Francisco, Grand Salon, 9th Floor
155 Sansome St
USD 175.00


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer
Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College, ME, with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. Upon acquiring the position, she promptly enrolled for classes at the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) and continued her studies with them until achieving the institution’s highest accreditation level: Diploma. Lisa progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the ‘90s and early noughties before moving to Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers and a wine educator at Tokyo's Academie du Vin. In 2008, Lisa moved to Singapore and began writing a column for Robert Parker’s website, eRobertParker.com. Later that year she achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification and the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com. She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Australia, New Zealand, Sonoma County and Oregon. In 2015, Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published. Recently, she relocated to Napa, California, to set up the new office for The Wine Advocate. She now lives in Napa with her British husband, two young daughters, their Border Collie and three sheep.


Merlot – the backbone, heart and soul of some of the greatest wines of the Old World (Petrus, Le Pin, Masseto, Le Macchiole Messorio, etc.) – has something of a bad reputation in the New World. But when matched to the right terroir and visionary winemaker, this potentially profound grape is now producing truly extraordinary wines in areas outside of Europe. And with this masterclass, we’re about to prove it. Join Master of Wine Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW for this eye-opening blind tasting of New World Merlot newcomers and have your “Sideways” preconceptions blown away.