November 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America)
500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559, Napa
CA 94559
CIA at Copia

Masters of Merlot: Seminar, Tasting and Walk-around Reception with Merlot’s Biggest Champions

The secret is out. Merlot is back! Join us for an exclusive opportunity to taste the best Merlot from wineries throughout the West Coast. Presented in two parts, the celebration will take place at CIA at Copia, the ultimate Napa Valley destination for experiencing the world of food, wine, art, and community. Your exploration will begin with a seated seminar and tasting featuring “Wine Wise Guy” Anthony Giglio and four masters of Napa Valley Merlot. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a walkaround Merlot tasting featuring up to 20 wineries with culinary bites prepared by CIA chefs.

In partnership with #MerlotMe.

Tasting Seminar – Masters of Merlot: Tasting Napa Valley’s Top Merlots
Merlot is one of the great wines of the world, and when grown in the right place, it shows its pedigree better than any other variety. Napa Valley is undoubtedly one of those places. For this seminar, we’ve brought together some of the most passionate and admired wine producers in Napa Valley to showcase some of the most coveted Merlots available, including Duckhorn’s Three Palms Merlot, which was named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of Year in 2017.

Walk-around Reception
The walk-around reception will feature up to 20 West Coast wineries who will be showcasing their top expressions of Merlot. A selection of culinary bites prepared by CIA chefs will also be offered.

Panelists - Masters of Merlot


  • Anthony Giglio, Writer, Educator and Raconteur

  • Cleo Pahlmeyer, President, Pahlmeyer

  • PJ Alviso, VP Winegrowing, Duckhorn

  • Chris Carpenter, Winemaker, Mt. Brave & La Jota Vineyard Co.

  • Ted Edwards, Winemaker, Freemark Abbey

Moderated by Anthony Giglio:
Anthony Giglio is one of the most entertaining wine authorities on the planet. He is a writer, educator, and raconteur who motivates countless imbibers to trust their own tastes. Giglio’s witty, unpretentious style can be discerned in the weekly “Wine Wise Guy” column he writes for FOOD & WINE, for whom he is a longtime Wine & Spirits Contributor. Anthony is also the Wine Director for The Centurion Lounge, a groundbreaking network of premium airport lounges by American Express. Giglio has written 11 books, including three editions of the annual FOOD & WINE Wine Guide review of 1,000+ wines; five editions of the enormously popular Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide, his highly-regarded first book, Cocktails in New York, and his latest, Passport to Italian Wine, the first in a series of regional booklets.


  • 2015 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

  • 2015 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

  • 2015 Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot

  • 2015 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

  • 2015 Freemark Abbey Bosché Merlot

  • 2015 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Merlot

  • 2015 La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot

  • 2015 La Jota W.S. Keyes Merlot



TICKETS: Admission to both the seminar and walkaround tasting is $100. Admission to just the walkaround tasting is $65. Tickets are limited with advance purchase required. This event is for guests 21+ only.

WILL CALL: Will Call will be located through the main entrance in our atrium.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Tickets are all-inclusive of food and beverage. You must be 21 or over to purchase and consume alcohol. We do not allow outside food or beverages.

PARKING: There is parking in the lot directly outside of CIA at Copia as well as across the street, but the lots can get crowded. Plan to arrive early, and we recommend carpooling. Uber and Lyft are good options too!