Merlot is like an old friend; always there for you when you need it, and a great dinner guest. Whether you prefer the traditional "Bordeaux style" or the new "International style", this smooth, fruity, and easy to drink red wine is always a crowd-pleaser. Like most red wine, Merlot pairs well with food, good friends, and another bottle of Merlot.What Does Merlot Taste Like?
Merlot (pronounced "mer-ˈlō”) is the second most popular red wine (just behind Cabernet Sauvignon), and is a great wine for beginners and experts alike. The taste varies depending on how it was made.
Traditional "Bordeaux style” Merlot tends to be more mild in acidity, and alcohol level, and usually have fresh red fruit flavors. "International style” Merlot is harvested later, which makes it more a full-bodied, high-alcohol wine with dark fruit flavors.Food Pairings
Merlot is a very versatile wine that pairs nicely with food, especially meat, cheese, and earthy vegetables. Bordeaux style Merlot pairs particularly well with red meats like steak and ground beef, which make it perfect for summer cookouts! International style Merlot pairs better with fish and fancy cheeses. Cheers!