Merlot is French for “The Little Blackbird.” It is the second most popular red grape in the United States after Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is often recommended to first-time red wine drinkers.
A dark blue-colored wine grape variety, Merlot is used for blending and for varietal wines. It is one of the “Big Six” grapes used in Bordeaux wine, too. This grape is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions.
Merlot can be quite the chameleon depending on where it’s grown. You will pick up different flavors depending on the growing regions. Red fruits, easy tannins and a soft finish are great characteristics of Merlot wine.
While Merlot wine matches well with a wide variety of foods, it is especially nice with chicken and other light meats and spiced dark meats. It pairs well with many foods due to the medium tannin and lower acidity than some other wines, and because of its position in the middle of the red wine spectrum. Merlot is not as appealing with fish or leafy green veggies, and most spicy food will overwhelm Merlot’s flavors.
Enjoy this wine any time of the day with your favorite dishes and favorite people.
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