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Arcadia Merlot bottle.

Arcadia Merlot is one of several different types of alcohol found in Rapture. Arcadia Merlot was produced from grapes in Arcadia that were then sent to Worley Winery for pressing, fermenting, and bottling. Menus in Worley Winery featured the vintage as "Arcadian Merlot". The Worley Wineries still actively produced this wine in 1958, as revealed by the bottles that appeared on beaches during the August 8th event.


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Alcohol restores Health, but drains EVE. If multiple units are consumed back to back, a short duration of blurry/double vision will occur.

The Booze Hound Gene Tonic will make drinkable alcohol restore EVE, rather than draining it.

As with all alcoholic beverages, the Incinerate! Plasmid can turn this drink into a deadly weapon. If set aflame, use Telekinesis to throw it at enemies.

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A bottle of Merlot will restore a small amount of Health, but drain a small amount of EVE. Like all food and drink, it is consumed immediately when picked up.

There's Something in the Sea[]

Main article: There's Something in the Sea

For the BioShock 2 There's Something in the Sea viral advertising campaign, on August 8, 2009, bottles of Arcadia Merlot containing several posters were put on ten different beaches around the world. The exact locations were revealed by notes sent to various gaming sites by Mark Meltzer.[1]

Behind the Scenes[]

  • The label on the Arcadia Merlot bottles actually reads "Fountainhead Cabernet Sauvignon," most likely a reference to Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.