NCAA® March Madness® and Wine

Western Kentucky and 2006 Pepperwood Grove Merlot

Western Kentucky breakdown - Western Kentucky once again enters the tournament as a twelve seed looking to knock off a five, which they managed to do last year. Guards A.J. Slaughter and Orlando Mendez-Valdez seem to have what it takes, but Mendez-Valdez will have to keep up the impressive long-range shooting in the face of a tough Illini defense. The Hilltoppers beat Louisville by fourteen points back in November; another game like that will propel them into a second round game.

2006 Pepperwood Grove Merlot - A fairly recognizable label in the wine shop, but it never seems to get top billing. Like Kentucky, this wine can pack more of a punch than you'd expect, so don't underestimate it. Great fruit, great balance, and almost always on sale.

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