“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – White Merlot

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – White Merlot

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with a holiday favorite—be certain to read to the end of the feature for a great wine recipe using the White Merlot—this wine cocktail will compliment any New Year’s Eve party!  Remember, this week’s featured wine is available at our winery in Greenwood Village, today ONLY, for a 10% discount.  Today’s Featured Wine is: White Merlot The Merlot varietal is one of the primary grapes in Bordeaux wine and is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux region and the second most planted grape in the world – after Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Merlot varietal is also one of the most popular varieties in many places around the world.  Researchers believe that Merlot originated from the Cabernet Franc vines, as an offspring, and is also the sibling of Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Unlike many of the other popular varietals, Merlot does not appear in historical records until the late 1700s.  At that time, a reference to Merlot showed up in the records of a local Bordeaux official.  The name Merlot comes from the Occitan (Old French) word which translates to “young blackbird.”  White Merlot is made by crushing regular Merlot grapes, and after very brief skin contact, the resulting pink juice is run off the must and is then fermented without contact with the skins.  This is the same way White Zinfandel is made with red Zinfandel grapes.  It is important to note that White Merlot made in this way should not be confused with wines made from the white mutant of the Merlot grape.  White Merlot supposedly first entered the wine market in the late 1990s.  It is believed White Merlots originated in France in an attempt by the French winemakers to compete with the growing popularity of White Zinfandel being produced in California wineries. The White Merlot is light and less sweet than most White Zinfandels.  We think you will notice sweet cherry and raspberry aromas and find the flavors soft and round with a predominately juicy cherry and berry finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes because of its light flavor. Minted Grapefruit Blush by Michael Anderson 1/2 Glass White Merlot 1/2 Glass Sparkling Grapefruit Soda Twist of Mint Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/preservative-free-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-white-merlot

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