Merlot Wine - Grapes, Flavor And Pairing

Merlot wine becomes one of the most popular wines in the world. Merlot grapes have really great flavor between red cherries and purple plums, and that is the reason why Merlot wine has so soft and fruitful taste. Nowadays, many people across the globe choose the wine as their favorite drink and as a proof of its growing popularity is the fact, that in Bordeaux, France, one of the most popular wine regions, Merlot plantings are more than even Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you are looking to buy Merlot wine online, then you have to know several important facts about it. It will help you to make the right choice, because as you know, the competition is really huge and sometimes it is very hard to find your desired wine. There are many wine regions which produce Merlot wine, but you should search for wineries where the climate is sunny and chilly. These are the perfect weather conditions for the growth of the grapes of this fantastic wine. Some of these regions are Napa and Sonoma Valleys, northeast Italy, Bordeaux - France, Washington State, Bulgaria and Chile.

Merlot Grapes

If you want to make your own homemade Merlot wine, then you should know that you can mix different types of grapes with Merlot and you will achieve really blended and unforgettable wine flavor and taste. Merlot wine has lower tannins and therefore it has so soft and pleasant taste. Many wine producers use it to soften up the so called "heavy" wines like Cabernet. Its earlier maturing makes it really loved by the wine manufactures and if we add this fact to the great currant, black cherry, cedar, tobacco, mint and green olive flavor which most of Merlot wines had, then you will quickly realize why so many wine lovers prefer it for their lamb and beef meals. You can also pair it with fish and seafood.

Some of the best and affordable Merlot wines which you should try are:

1. Beringer Napa Valley Merlot - 2003
    Sonoma County, California
2. Barnard Griffin Merlot - 2004
    Columbia Valley, Washington
3. Shafer Napa Valley Merlot - 2004
    Napa Valley, California
4. Brassfield Merlot - 2004
    North Coast, California
5. Ferrari-Carano Merlot - 2003
    Sonoma County, California

They are all made in USA, but if you see in your local store or online Merlot wines coming from Italy, France, Bulgaria and Georgia, they you will be definitely satisfied of your choice. Most of them has very affordable price and sometimes you can find it very low for good wine. Do not be confused, they are also  quality Merlot wines, but most of the wineries do not have to financial power to promote their products as the American companies.

Go ahead and try some or check the guide on how to produce your own homemade Merlot wine.