It’s International Merlot Day.
So, cheers to that!
Here’s what I’ve learned about Merlot so far:
I just realized something.
I actually had Merlot today. At at a lunch meeting.
It was delicious.
But I didn’t even cheers to it’s international day!
- It used to be nicknamed “little (or young) blackbird”
- Its origin is Bordeaux France
- It’s the second most planted grape in the world
- And the 3rd most prominently produced
- And one of the most popular wines
- Vintages prior to 1960 are scarce due to frost and rot that ruined vines
- This also caused the French government to ban planting of Merlot grapes from approx 1970 to 1975
- It has sibling grapes – Carmenere & Malbec
I love a South American Carmenere.
- Synonyms for Merlot include semillon rouge – plant medoc – alicante – merle petite
- It is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
- It ages quite gracefully
- It is the most planted grape in France
Blackberry – Plum – Chocolate – Cedar
In tannin – In alcohol – In acidity
Pork – Turkey – Root veggies – Stew
This is a great wine for thanksgiving.
More importantly, wine pairs great with pizza!
Are you a Merlot drinker?
Cheers to International Merlot Day!