The 10 Sexiest Wines of All-Time… No. 3 — Marilyn Merlot

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     To one generation, Farrah Fawcett was the girlfriend of Ryan O’Neal who fought a very public battle with cancer until her death on June 25. To an earlier generation, however, she was THE pin-up girl of the 1970s. A 1976 poster of her in a one-piece bathing suit sold more than 12 million copies. But before Farrah, there was Marilyn…

The 10 Sexiest Wines of All-Time

No. 3 — Marilyn Merlot

     Was there ever a more sexy pin-up girl or actress than Marilyn Monroe?

     The list of her movie credits includes a few titles that answer the question:

     * “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

     * “Love Nest”

     * “Some Like It Hot”

     She appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine and sang perhaps the most famous rendition ever of “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy.

     And because she died at the age of 36, she has remained forever young in America’s psyche, much like James Dean. Over the years, her memory has been perpetuated on classic rock radio stations with each “spin” of the song that Elton John wrote and performed in her memory, “Good-bye Norma Jean.”

     About a quarter-century after her death, a group of home winemakers in the Napa Valley were having dinner accompanied by a bottle of homemade Merlot, and the concept of “Marilyn Merlot” was born.

     Rights to the name and various iconic images were secured from Monroe’s estate, a charitable tie-in was agreed upon, and Marilyn Merlot made its debut with the 1985 vintage.

     The 2007 vintage is the current release, and it sells for about $27 per bottle.

     Want a bottle of the 1985? That will set you back around $3,800.


     Each year, a different image of Monroe is featured on the label, and you can see all of the labels by following this link:

     The wines, of course, vary in quality by vintage. But each and every one of the labels scores a rating of 95 or higher on the 100-point sexiness scale.

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The Top 10 Sexy Wines of All-Time

The List So Far…

10. Moet & Chandon Champagne

9. Any Port in a Storm

8. Mouton-Rothschild

7. Martin & Weyrich Moscato Allegro

6. Cycles Gladiator

5. Trentadue Chocolate Amore

4. Lady in Red

3. Marilyn Merlot

     Tomorrow: No. 2

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