Champ Merlot With Five Fun Facts
Celebrate International Merlot Day by mastering the grape’s history, style and success in five crisp points
Some wines have their reputation precede them in the shape of feverish wine enthusiasts and marketing campaigns that run forever and engulf the world in effacing content. And then there are some ferments that quietly impress with understated class and unique style absent any hype at all. Merlot typifies this ilk of grape, making an elegant and fruit forward wine and being part of wine most important historic chapter and blend in Bordeaux but it never talked up as a superstar. On November 8 though, this grape is celebrated and gushed over across the world on International Merlot Day and it’s diverse styles, explored and appreciated. So this is an opportune time to get to know your Merlot through five fun vinous nuggets that illuminate the grape’s origins, its primacy in Bordeaux and success in the New World as well as a controversial Hollywood cameo and why this wine is beloved by foodies.