The wines have won numerous awards, including winning Best of Class for the 2007 California Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2009 Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Awards, as well winning awards for their Merlot and Syrah at the same festival.
Since Merlot is best stored at about 55 degrees, if you have your wines stored in temperature controlled storage, allowing the bottle to sit outside of the storage unit for about 30 minutes will bring it right up to temperature.
Most people start their wine 101 white, sweeter wines like Gewurtztraminer or Riesling and then move into lighter body reds such as Beaujolais or Merlot and then end up with the dryer, bigger styled reds like Syrah or Cabernet.
And the valley is not large by other wine regions' standards, still, there are over 40,000 acres of vines planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Noir and other lesser varieties.
For instance, the Bordeaux region of France is known for growing red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc while the Burgandy region is primarily known for growing Pinot Noir grapes.
Christ, it's like drinking cheap merlot from a Dixie cup.
"Better stock up on Merlot," Martha said on a slow morning.
Betsy opted for wine which Quinn opened a Merlot ceremoniously, toasting our engagement.
Dean grabbed a bottle of inexpensive merlot and three glasses.
Favorites here are the rack of lamb with merlot sauce and the New York strip steak with crispy onions.
The principal vines grown in the Medoc are the Cabernet-Sauvignon, which is the most important, the Gros Cabernet, the Merlot, the Carmenere, the Malbec, and the Verdot.