Merlot wine is made from Merlot grapes, which are large, thick-skinned and very versatile. While the Merlot grape itself makes great single varietals when used alone, it is a favorite grape for blending as well and can add a softness, depth, and complexity to other grapes. The most popular blending choice is Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Rich and buttery, roast leg of lamb needs a structured red wine that can stand up to the weight of the meat. With the robust treatment of the plum and merlot sauce, this dish is particularly suited to pairing with a red presenting notes of late summer fruit.

Fan-Recommended Merlots
By: Wine Table
Posted: Jan. 11, 2013

This week, we asked our WineTable members and friends which merlots scored spots at the top of their list and we heard back from quite a few of you. Next time you're out looking for a bottle of this easy-drinking pairs-with-everything wine, instead of trying to taste your way through all 2,451 merlots in the WineTable directory, just remind yourself what the people of the WineTable community recommend. The next best thing to sharing a bottle of wine with friends in person is sharing it with them apart. Don't forget to write your review!

What's Your Merlot?
By: Whitney Khan
Posted: Jan. 08, 2013

We're on a Merlot kick this week, and want to hear from you: what's YOUR favorite brand of Merlot? Share it with us and help us tell the WineTable story of a community of people enthusiastic about wine and vocal about the specific wines they love!

Grape of the Week: Merlot
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: Jan. 07, 2013

Merlot is one of the most widely planted and most popular grape varieties in the world. It is a flexible grape that can stand alone or be the backbone of a blend. The name comes from the French word for young blackbird, and is likely a reference to the rich blue-black color of the grape, though possibly it could refer to the bird’s fondness for dining on said grapes. 

Here is a little language lesson. The Italian verb, volere, means to wish, expect, need and require. That definition should be in Webster’s under “purse”! What better gift to give the lovely lady in one’s life...especially when it's filled with wine. Natalie Myers (aka Mrs. Poet) reviews the Volére wine purse just in time for the holidays.