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.