Merlot is defined as a dry red wine made from a widely grown grape originally used in the Bordeaux region of France for blending. First grown in the Bordeaux region of France, the first cultivation of the grape dates back to the 1st century AD. Today, Merlot is one of the most commonly planted grapes in the world.
Unlike most grapes that are named after the region where they are grown, the word Merlot is thought to come from the French word merle, or blackbird in English, due to the dark color of the grape or since blackbirds were known to enjoy these grapes as a tasty treat!
When planning your next party, consider pairing the Merlot wine with the French cheese Camembert due to its creamy texture or Italian hard cheese Grana Padano due to its salty flavor. Santé!
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The Fascinating History of Merlot