Merlot hails from France. It’s also the most commonly planted varietal there, and is equally popular around the world. As a more fruit-forward wine and with softer tannins and than your standard Cabernet, Merlot is very approachable and often a favourite among those who are unaccustomed to reds. Merlot’s medium tannin and acidity levels means the wine pairs well with slow cooked food, lighter meats like duck and pork or tomato based pasta dishes.

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