Winter Wine Spotlight: Merlot
Now that we’re in the middle of winter, it’s getting to the point where it seems like it’s never going to be warm again. But, we have the perfect winter pick me up to pull you out of the grey-day blues: Merlot.
We love to drink Merlot in the winter because it tends to be the perfect warming wine. It has a velvety texture and a rich taste, great for a little bit of winter fun. It’s also the perfect pair for hearty winter dishes like heavy pastas and meat— guaranteed to make any cold day meal a little bit warmer.
Still not convinced Merlot is a great wine for winter? Here are some basics for you… Merlot tends to be low in tannins, smooth to drink, medium to full bodied, low in acid with hints of vanilla and fruit forward. The fruit you get in merlot are lots of wild berries and cherries, making it reminiscent of warmer days. It’s a crowd pleaser, meaning you can serve it to guests when you are unsure of their drinking preferences or you can warm up someone else’s winter by giving it as a gift.
If you’re looking for a way to make your winter meals a little more interesting, pair a Merlot with a big meaty stew, pasta with a rich sauce, or a rice dish. Merlot is a great wine for pairing because it doesn’t overwhelm the palate with too much spice.