Merlot is a very popular red wine with a softer texture than Cabernet Sauvignon. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot has firm tannins. There are several styles of Merlot including a Cabernet-style Merlot, which includes a high percentage (up to 25 percent) of Cabernet Sauvignon. In France, it is almost always blended with other grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and sometimes Malbec and/or Petit Verdot.


(murr-LOW or MARE-low)


Dark ruby red

Body Style



Black cherries, blackberries, currants, plums, mocha, cedar, vanilla, minerals, tobacco and mint

Major Source

California; Chile; France (Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon regions); Italy; New York; Virginia; and Washington state

Food Matches

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  • Ham
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Roast Beef
  • Steaks
  • Veal
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Delicate Fish
  • Southwestern/Barbecue

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