"Merlot Mysteries" is the second episode of the eleventh season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred-fifty-second of the series. It first aired on October 2, 2017.


When a wine connoisseur and the father of the groom drinks poisoned wine during his toast to the wedding couple, Murdoch and Watts investigate Toronto's community of wine lovers.

Meanwhile, finished with her schooling, Rebecca James looks for a new job.

Murdoch and Watts uncork fraud and a fledgling industry.

Character Revelations


Historical Reference s

  • The native North American grape (Vitis labrusca), commonly known as the fox grape, grows wild in the Northeast, Canada and along the East Coast. In contrast to the European wine grapes, its "slip-skin" allows the skin of the grape berries to easily slip off when squeezed. It is the source of many grape cultivars, including the one in question, Catawba.
  • Kinesiology is the study of human and nonhuman animal-body movements, performance, and function by applying the other sciences: bio-mechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and neuroscience.
  • Rebecca James has cousins living in Chatham, where a good doctor is needed. During the 19th century, the Chatham area was part of the Underground Railroad, Chatham-Kent is now part of the African-Canadian Heritage Tour. Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is a museum of the Dawn Settlement, established in 1841 by Josiah Henson near Dresden as refuge for the many slaves who escaped to Canada from the United States. John Brown, the abolitionist, planned his raid on the Harpers Ferry Virginia Arsenal in Chatham and recruited local men to participate in the raid.


Notable Quote

George, while drunk, to Brackenreid: "Well, sir, this is my favourite part. We're off to catch the culprit. I mean, there might be a chase or a-a tearful, heartfelt confession."


  • A chiropractor founded applied kinesiology, George Joseph Goodheart, Jr., D.C. (1918 – 2008), in 1965.


Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate Desmond

Guest Cast

Maurice Dean Wint as Raymond Hatch
Toni Ellwand as Fabiana Firenzo
Christopher Stanton as Baron Trotter
Matthew Gouveia as Ricardo Firenzo
Tony DeSantis as Paolo Firenzo
Jean-Michel Le Gal as Jean-Michel Larouche Coutre III
Dom Fiore as Enrico Firenzo
Andrew Gillies as James Merchant
Gabriella De La Torre as Karina Firenzo
Gary Biggar as Hospital Administrator
Alia Desantis as Candidate One
Genna Giampaolo as Candidate Two


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