Wine Wednesday

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Can we talk about Merlot? Why won’t you “drink any f*&%ing merlot!!!” Haha, does that phrase sound familiar to anyone? If you’ve seen the Oscar winning movie Sideways, it should. It was a perfectly ridiculous and funny moment in the film that earned itself a spot in the best movie quotes hall of fame (I made that up, but it really is that good). I have to admit, I saw the movie and along with a lot of other people immediately put Merlot in the BAD WINE category and went about my business focused on Cabernet and Pinot Noir, a very unfair move based on how little I knew about the classic red varietal. Fast forward a few years and Merlot is quickly becoming one of my favorite reds. Why, you ask? Because I am first and foremost a lover of food, and Merlot is a perfect wine to drink with food. It has beautiful depth without the intensity of harsh tannins, a feature of Cabernet that can sometimes distract from foods lacking bold enough flavors to stand up to them.

I could really go on about this topic but I will save it for another day and instead share some interesting reads if your curiosity has been piqued. Maybe you can read them while sipping a nice Merlot and giving this lovely red a second chance at the table.

What’s the difference between Cabernet and Merlot? Check out this article to find out.

What foods does Merlot pair well with? Check out this article to find out.

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