It has a Fascinating History.
It is believed that French winemakers named Merlot for the deep blue-black color of the grapes. Merlot translates to "little blackbird." The oldest reference to Merlot dates back to 1784!
It's Popular Around the World.
Merlot is the second most popular wine grape in the world, coming in just after Cabernet Sauvignon. It can be grown in a variety of climates and is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux, France.
Merlot has a dark fruit flavor that pairs well with meat and cheese dishes. Try it with a quesadilla, lamb or pasta. All your favorite meals are going to be more delicious with a Merlot in hand. It's also a perfect match for dark chocolate. Its low acidity and high sugar content make it one of the most food-friendly wines out there.
Great for Beginners
Merlot is a smooth wine with lower tannins. It's often described as soft and suitable for a variety of palates.
Great for Enthusiasts
Merlot isn't just a beginner wine. It's a complex wine that varies not only from region to region, but also has vintage variation. Yes, you can find easy drinking, soft Merlot, but you can also find rich, powerful and complex Merlot that can entice even the most discerning palate. In fact, some of the most expensive wine in the world is base on Merlot grapes.
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