November 7th was National Merlot Day! Join in on our week-long celebration and get the low-down on this popular red wine varietal.
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
Balanced, smooth, velvety
Body: Medium to full
Alcohol By Volume: 13-15%, depending on the region
Fruits – Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
Non-fruits – Cocoa, earth, mushrooms, tea leaf
Cheeses: Cheddar, camembert, stilton
Meats: Poultry, beef, game, pork
Vegetables: Mushrooms, root vegetables
Sweets: Dark chocolate cake