Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions.
Posts about Merlot
  • Wine of Fat Louis

    …, but this time it was without my wife. I opened a few bottles of wine for my mother and sister-in-law (my siblings are decidedly in the Miller Lite camp–so no, wine snobbery is not necessarily inherited), all of which were pretty good (with the exception of the Charles Shaw Merlot that my mother had stored in her refrigerator for the last who-knows…

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  • The Event: Taste Canada Book Awards and Gala Fundraiser

    … by Gusto TV and Toronto chefs and restaurants. This was a unique opportunity to meet authors, mingle with industry leaders, and with fellow food writers. The Wines (Chardonnay and Merlot) were donated by Niagara College Teaching Winery, the beer by Samuel Adams Boston Lager. At the reception, breads were donated by Fred's Bread and cheese…

    Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine- 1 readers -
  • Latah Creek Wine Cellars prepares for next generation

    … with Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, so that’s been the basis of our production since Day 1,” Conway said. “We’ve been doing a little bit of Merlot since ’86 and some Cabernet. More recently in the last five years, we’ve been branching off into some other varieties.” The Conways also took a page from the Parducci business model — along…

    Great Northwest Wine- 1 readers -
  • What Thanksgiving wine to serve?

    … table are often the focal point, don't forget that you can create a special experience with wines before and after the meal. A nice bubbly is a great way to start the festivities, especially with assorted appetizers or finger food. To finish things off, try a nice dessert wine. Something sweet but light, for example a muscat or icewine, should…

    The Wine Cask Blogin Cabernet Sauvignon- 1 readers -
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  • Thanksgiving Wines

    … WiningWays: Still valid, though now I would add Chile’s Carmenere to the list, especially if you like a little peppery spice. Once thought to be a Chilean varietal of Merlot called Tinto, recent DNA testing has proven it to be the lost Bordeaux blender. Carmenere iin Chile arrived vefore the European Phylloxera epidemic and therefore did…

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  • SD Vintners Debut 2014 Barrel Samples At Fall Harvest Event

    … boasts a number of “urban wineries” such as Vinavanti Urban Winery in Mira Mesa. Simply known as Eric, Vinavanti‘s winemaker, delighted the eager crowd with his 2014 Viognier. Displaying a bright citrus nose, with lemongrass, pear skin, and elements of honey and lime pith on the palate. A fun sparkling Viognier was available for tasting too…

    Deborah Mines/ Uncorked Wine Travels!- 1 readers -
  • Thanksgiving – A Perfect Time To Try New Wines

    …. From the Tuscan region of Montalcino is a silky-smooth blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, the Luce della Vite Lucente 2011 ($23). A collaboration between the renown wineries of Robert Mondavi and Vittorio Frescobaldi it has vibrant red fruit flavors including berries and cherries combined with coffee, coconut and a pleasing earthiness with good…

    Grapelinesin Sauvignon Blanc Merlot Malbec- 1 readers -
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