You Had Me at Merlot…
Okay, maybe not, but don’t go all sideways on me! The image of Merlot has taken a beating over the years following a certain movie which shall not be named, but the truth is, Merlot is one of the most classic and noble grapes of the world.
A grape upon which Bordeaux and California, to name a few, have built an empire. In fact a good portion of all Bordeaux blends are Merlot, and most Cabernet in California has Merlot in it, (it only has to be 75% to say Cabernet Sauvignon on the label).
Merlot is without a doubt one of the more silky and fruit forward styles that California produces, and can be great value as well. Charles Smith Velvet Devil for $9.99 or Trefethen Merlot for $37.99, are both lush fruit driven wines with great balance and character. Perfect for the grill or just casual drinking; put a little chill on it for refreshing summer fun and chill out in style.
Taste both wines when the winemakers are in-store to celebrate wine week at the following stores:
Meet the Maker: Charles Smith Wines, Winemaker Brennon Leighton
Plano, 7/10 5PM - 8PM
Fort Worth, 7/9 4PM - 7PM
Austin North Lamar, 7/12 2PM - 5PM
Austin Westgate, 7/13 12PM - 3PM
San Antonio, 7/11 4PM - 7PM
Meet the Maker: Trefethen Wines, Winemaker Zeke Neely