Wine of the Month: Merlot

Merlot grapes are quite popular in the world of wine. If fact, these beauties come in second only to the wildly popular and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon!

Let us teach you more about what sets Merlot apart from other wines!

Merlot boasts a completely different flavor than Cabernet thanks to its almost total lack of tannic bitterness. Thanks to a low concentration of tannins, Merlot is naturally a very smooth wine. Don’t worry, although there are essentially no tannins in Merlot, this wine variety still ages excellently! While France does grow nearly two-thirds of the world’s Merlot grapes, there are many New World Merlots grown stateside, usually in California.

Merlot is widely regarded as a wine that can be easily paired with most any meal. Still, there are dishes that compliment Merlot’s juicy flavor a bit better than others. Some good Merlot pairing recommendations are foods like:

  • Brie
  • Gouda
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Garden salads paired with rich/creamy dressings
  • Lasagna or other pastas featuring a meat sauce
  • Chocolate of any kind is a perfect pair for Merlot!

Merlot comes in both light, lively varieties as well as deep, velvety bottles. It is widely regarded as a wine that can accommodate almost any palate or plate!

If you are searching for the perfect bottle of Merlot for your next dinner party, ladies’ night, date night, or even just a cozy evening at home, Bill’s Package Store has you covered! Not a Merlot fan? No problem! We have a great selection of reds, white wines, and spirits of all kinds! Come see us on Ft. Campbell Blvd. in Clarksville, TN. Our knowledgeable staff loves helping everyone who comes to Bill’s Package find the perfect beverage for any occasion!

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