Archive for November, 2011


Yummy Merlot

Why, we might ask, has Merlot (pronounced MER-LOW) zoomed up in popularity as America’s number one choice among red wine varietals in the last ten years? It’s because consumers prize the wine’s fruitiness, mellow flavors, and velvety texture when it reaches it full potential crafted by a diligent winemaker. This grape is valued for its generally attractive deep ruby color, sometimes tinged with purple. Merlot’s yummy flavors of red fruit, berries, black cherries and plums with an occasional hint of spice make it a ubiquitous match to veal, pork, beef and game. Let’s not forget how well it partners with pasta. Merlot is a fabulous choice when diners play menu roulette by ordering unmatched courses that presents a challenge to finding a wine that will make everyone happy. For many years, the wine was a second-stringer, the bridesmaid that never made it to the high altar. Often used as a blending partner where it softens the harsher qualities of Cabernet Sauvignons and is most often a major conmponent in the classic Bordeaux blend. Merlot becomes the dominant player in Bordeaux appellations of St. Emilion and Pomerol where the wines are more feminine and delicate than those in which Cabernet Sauvignon reigns.