#Winesday: The Merlot Low-Down

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November 7th was National Merlot Day! Join in on our week-long celebration and get the low-down on this popular red wine varietal.

Overview

Today, Merlot is the second most widely-planted wine grape in the entire world after Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s known for being well-balanced, smooth and perfect for pairing. Don’t let preconceived notions or shade from Sideways dissuade you, this wine is one to try.

Region of origin

Right Bank of Bordeaux, France

Typical characteristics

Balanced, smooth, velvety

Sweetness: Dry

Body: Medium to full

Tannins: Medium

Bitterness: Medium

Alcohol By Volume: 13-15%, depending on the region

Acidity: Medium

Flavor profile

Fruits – Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries

Non-fruits – Cocoa, earth, mushrooms, tea leaf

Pairings

Cheeses: Cheddar, camembert, stilton

Meats: Poultry, beef, game, pork

Vegetables: Mushrooms, root vegetables

Sweets: Dark chocolate cake

Cheers!

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