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The best foods to pair with Merlot

The best foods to pair with Merlot

Pairings 🕔January 10, 2017

Have you ever thought what foods go best with a glass of Merlot? Merlot wine is sophisticated in its flavors so there’s no one hard-set rule to pass around the table.

Let’s first consider the primary characteristics of this fine wine. Merlots are supported by easy tannins and a plush finish. Merlot lands in the middle of the wine spectrum.

Mt. Vernon’s Merlot features a cedar box/tobacco nuance with a ripe blackberry finish. With these types of flavors, Merlot can be paired with a wide range of foods. Think chicken and other lighter meats, as well as lightly spiced dark meats. Merlot’s versatility is possible through its medium tannin level and lower acidity.

Here are some dishes to consider pairing with a glass:

  • Herbed baked chicken
  • Roasted tomato pasta
  • Roast duck
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Lamb Burgers

But remember, Merlot does not do very well with fish or leafy green vegetables unless they are prepared and cooked a particular way. Also, steer clear of overly spicy foods. The heat in the food will counter and overwhelm the wine’s nuanced flavors.

For more information about how Merlot is an underappreciated wine, make sure you read this blog.

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