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Thursday 28 July 2022

Meet the comedian who became a wine expert. Seriously!

Merrick Watts is the comedian who became a wine expert - and is now able to combine two of the loves of his life.

Once part of comedy team Merrick and Rosso, he has undergone tasting exercises with leading palates including Mike Bennie and Gary Walsh.

Watts will launch the NSW premiere of his show An Idiot’s Guide to Wine at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley on Friday, August 26.

Tickets will include a three course-dinner, six wine tastings and a DJ until late.

After a sold-out series of shows at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival, Watts said he’s looking forward to bringing the laughs to Pokolbin.

“This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and Brokenwood is the perfect place for it,” he said.

“It’s a comedy show about wine. People taste wines as I tell jokes about the grapes and their history. As a warning, I should say, some people over the course of the wine tasting have learnt something. That’s accidental.”

Watts proudly holds a WSET 3 wine qualification as evidence of his vinous expertise.

"Brokenwood is one of my favourite wineries in the country and an awesome place to host a show," he said. "I’m excited to share a range of their incredible wines.”

Brokenwood Wines CEO Geoff Krieger says: “Merrick was a huge hit when he hosted our 2021 Graveyard Lunch, we are excited to welcome him back and to push our ‘Enjoy great wine and have fun’ philosophy to its limit!”

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