As you guys and gals already know, I have a passion for red wine.
And considering that I’ve only been drinking it for the past 6 years because I had such an adverse reaction to white wine that I stopped drinking ANY wine for over 17 years, I’ve become very interested and open to trying all types and brands of red wine. I love experimenting!
I’ve tried Beaujolais, Chianti, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and even blended reds.
I’ve tried wines from California, Australia, Europe and Chile.
But what I had never tried was a Merlot because for some reason I thought it would be way too intense, even though I prefer a fuller-bodied wine. I always assumed that a Merlot was the heaviest of all reds and that everything else fell below it, when in actually, a Cabernet Sauvignon is more intense than a Merlot because it contains more tannins. And I discovered this when I pulled out my trusty Wine for Dummies book and read about their different personalities.
Also, my brother Tom is a chef who knows a lot about wines and he told me the same thing.
DUH! And all this time I was avoiding a Merlot because I didn’t think I would ever like it. I should have investigated it more thoroughly or asked Tom years ago. Oh well, live and learn.
Anyway, last month I decided to try my first Merlot from Rex~Goliath. And can I just tell y'all something?
I FELL HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE!!!!
From my very first sip I thought I had died and gone to Merlot Heaven. I felt as if little celestial cherubs were hand-feeding me Merlot grapes, while I laid supine on a white satin chaise lounge. And I even heard harp music!
It was so velvety-smooth and flavorful, and not at all intense or biting like I thought it would be.
In fact, I liked it more than a Cabernet Sauvignon because I did a taste comparison about a week later and discovered that the Merlot had a ‘softer’ feel, enabling me to taste the grapes without it being sweet.
However, one thing I didn’t realize was that a Merlot has a higher alcohol content than a Cab because after drinking only ONE glass, I found myself dancing around my apartment to Mary J. Blige singing, Just Fine, wearing only my underwear briefs and white athletic socks.
*sorry I don't have a picture to show you, but I was so caught up in the moment that I forgot to take a selfie in a mirror.
Yes…I’m a lightweight when it comes to drinking wine. One glass and I’m done. Except with a Merlot, I think half a glass will be MORE than enough for me.
So there you have it folks, I am no longer a Merlot wine virgin.
And I think I just discovered a new love affair...
Have a super weekend everyone!
*If any of you are red wine drinkers and have a favorite type or brand, please feel free to share it in your comments because I'm open to trying something new. Thank you!