You have probably heard about merlot or even had a glass or two of merlot wine. However how much do you really know about this wonderful wine varietal? Here’s a complete guide to understanding merlot.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is said to be derived from merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Merlot is popularly used for blending with Cabernet sauvignon, because of its softness and fleshiness.
Merlot is one of the world’s most planted grape varieties, as it is very flexible. Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is the second most popular red grape in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). Known for being soft, ripe and elegant, most Merlots are easy drinking reds that go well both with food as well as on their own. This is an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.
Merlot is a varietal that contains at least 13.5% alcohol, but can approach 14.5%, especially when it is grown in a warmer climate such as Australia, California or Chile. The wine is often said to have a plummy taste and notes of chocolate. It’s also considered to be smooth and very easy to drink.
The Nigerian Guide to Pairing Wine Perfectly with Beef.
Nigerians love their meat, and beef is a particular favourite. Beef has such great potential when it comes to wine pairings. Here is the Nigerian guide to pairing wine perfectly with beef. Whether it’s stewed, grilled, fried or roasted,this pairing guide will show you sensational pairings for this succulent meat.
Roasted beef is usually filled with lots of spices that give it an incredibly rich flavour. Good quality roasted beef should be paired with wine of equally great quality. Imagine a plate of steaming hot jollof rice, roasted beef and the perfect glass of red wine. Bliss. Don’t be afraid to whip out something nice that you’ve been saving or splash out on something special—you won’t regret it.The key points here are ensuring you find something that is well-structured, mature, complex, and bold. We suggest this English Cabernet Sauvignon. However, a good Shiraz blend would do the trick too. Age is the key here; you want something that has had time to mature.
Fried beef is oh so yummy, and deep fried beef and a nice glass of champagne is perfect for entertaining guests. However, if you must have red wine, we recommend that you go for a full bodied red wine. A Merlot or a Shiraz would cut through the fatty exterior and bring out the true flavour of the beef.