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Merlove recently took a brief visit to Southern California. We visited March 24th, 25th, & 26th . We stayed in the charming, storybook town of Solvang. We felt as if we entered into the world of Hansel and Gretel. There were bakeries and sweet shops everywhere you looked. Many of the locals wear traditional Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish garb while they work in Solvang’s restaurants and bric-a-brac retail shops. This tiny Scandinavian town is located very close to Santa Ynez were we filmed at Gainey Vineyard.

Gainey Vineyard invited us to meet with their Winemaker Kirby Anderson and Wine Consultant Jon Engelskirger. These two guys were an amazing wealth of knowledge on Merlot wine. Not only were they extremely informative, they were also very friendly and had a great sense of humor. They even took us out into their vineyards to show us some of their new vines and talk more about Merlot. Gainey has won many awards on their Merlot wines. Check out their website

We were grateful to have such a great interview. It appears that some of these last interviews will have some of the best contributions to Merlove. We are very happy for this and excited to see how everything will eventually play out on the big screen.

When in Southern California we made sure that we went to the beach everyday to walk along the shoreline. We really couldn’t have asked for better weather. This short trip was beautiful and amazing. Smelling the sea water was refreshing. Feeling the salt water flow on our feet as we walked was invigorating. It was nice to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We constantly enjoy doing something new and we recommend it to all.

On the drive home, Rudy even got some great shots of vineyards growing directly beside patches of lettuce in Soledad. Interesting indeed! Is this one reason Merlot has received such a bad wrap? …..hmmm…..Merlot growing where lettuce once grew…..maybe they should have stuck with lettuce? Later, we will further dig into this matter. Look for the footage in the documentary.

Marisol Ramirez