It’s International Merlot Day 2017! Celebrate with your favorite Merlot, like this one from WAJ sponsor Hamilton Estates. Here are some interesting facts about Merlot:
- The name Merlot comes from merle (French for “blackbird”).
- Many believe Cabernet Sauvignon is the most abundantly grown grape varietal in Bordeaux, but Merlot is actually the most widely planted varietal in that region.
- Merlot is grown worldwide, including places like Bordeaux, Long Island (USA), Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Chilean Central Valley, Australia and Hungary. French appellations within Bordeaux that produce some of what is considered the finest Merlot are Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.
- Merlot’s characteristics can be greatly influenced by climate. Cooler climates produce Merlot wines that feature strawberry and other red berries. Medium climates yield wines with nuances of blackberry, plum and black cherry. Hot climates produce heavier characteristics such as cocoa and chocolate.
- Italian wines often feature Merlot in their blends, including Super Tuscans.
- Merlot wines, which can vary from bold to light, can be paired with a wine range of foods, from beef to fish.
Enjoy a Merlot today!