Merlot, which means “The Little Blackbird” in French, is one of the most popular red wine grapes in the United States, right behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Historically, experts believe these grapes were first used in winemaking during the late 18th century, when a French winemaker listed “Merlot” as a particular ingredient in his Bordeaux wine blend. The grape’s popularity soon spread across the Bordeaux region and soon became a wildly popular addition in many Bordeaux blends. Its softness and fruitiness makes it the perfect companion to the region’s favorite grape—Cabernet Sauvignon. This complementary winemaking dream team was so loved that the pair went on to become the primary ingredients in the quintessential Bordeaux blend, currently enjoyed the world over. While its use in red wine blends is well known, it wasn’t until the mid-1900s, when the grape arrived in California that winemakers started making wines solely with Merlot. In America, popular regions for Merlot include New York, California and Washington State. Abroad, Merlot does well in the warmer climates of Australia, and Chile.
Known for being easier to drink than some other reds, the Merlot varietal is the perfect starter or introductory red for individuals not yet accustomed to drinking red wine. Generally speaking, given its position in the center of the red wine spectrum, medium tannin, and minimal acidity, Merlot goes well with any food. That being said, many wine lovers recommend pairing a Merlot with chicken or a lightly spiced darker meat. Fine Wine Online offers an excellent selection of Merlot wines by the bottle for you to choose from, as well as a selection by the case. Browse a selection from brands like Cupcake, La Terre, Robert Mondavi and more. Whatever your price point, you’re certain to find a Merlot that works for you. Looking for a particular bottle? Feel free to contact us and request something. We’ll do our best to find what you’re looking for.