Invitation to 8th Annual #WinePW and #MerlotMe Celebration

Join our 8th annual Wine Pairing Weekend Merlot celebration

Wine Pairing Weekend Writers Wax Eloquent on the Joys of Merlot
Our Wine Pairing Weekend writers have been singing the praises of Merlot in collaboration with the #MerlotMe producers every October for the last seven years. Our writers look forward to October each year more for Merlot than pumpkin spice, though it might be close for some.

In addition to food & wine, our writers will highlight sustainability efforts

What’s up for 2022 – Sustainability
In 2022, Sustainability has taken center stage in wine discussions. While our posts will still focus on food and wine pairings with Merlot, our writers will also be highlighting sustainability efforts in place at the sponsoring wineries. Look forward to a dose of sustainability to provide a bit of spice to the pairings!

Have we tried all the Merlots? No way!

How to Participate
Do you have a blog or other social media outlet? Why not join the fun! Our group will be pairing a wide variety of foods with Merlot wines in October and we’d love to add you to the list. We’ll all post our findings on October 7 and 8, and we’ll follow up with a chat on Twitter. We would love to have you join in!

  • Pick a Merlot wine to shine a light on, be it your favorite or something new. Sponsored posts are welcome as long as you clearly indicate which wines are samples.
  • Pair the wine with a meal, either your favorite pairing or experiment with something new
  • Get ready to publish on your experience. Please do a little research and share sustainability information the winery and of course, the wine and the pairing. But don’t publish it yet!
  • By end of day on October 4, get your title and social media outlet to me by email at, or if you’re already a group member, post in the Facebook event.
  • Between Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8 at 8am publish your post; include #MerlotMe and #WinePW in the title and add the provided preliminary HTML to link to other participants.
  • On Saturday October 8, join our 10am – 11am CDT twitter chat; you can find us at both tags: #WinePW and #MerlotMe.
  • Read, comment, and share each other’s posts about Merlot.
  • Add the final HTML to your post which links to participants published posts.

Need Some Inspiration? Our prior years posts form a complete #MerlotMe Cookbook!


A selection of Merlot Wines for #MerlotMe
Take your pick among a wide selection of Merlot wines





Peju Merlot paired with Zuni Cafe Chicken



Duckhorn 3 Palms Merlot at the lake in a hammock
Or, you can just pair your Merlot with a lazy fall afternoon

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