Frog’s Leap’s John Williams on the Virtues of Merlot

April 23, 2015 2:11 PM

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Frog’s Leap’s John Williams on the Virtues of Merlot

“Sideways” gave Merlot a bad rap. But Napa Valley winemaker John Williams is making a case for the grape variety with his deliciously complex and restrained red wines

JOHN WILLIAMS BREAKS into a beaming smile and hits the steering wheel in jest. We’re driving down the Silverado Trail in his 1969 Chevy pickup, heading south from St. Helena toward Napa Valley and his Rutherford winery, Frog’s Leap. I’ve just asked him about Merlot and how strange it is that althoug...

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