Merlot Wine History

History of Merlot

Merlot wine is among the top ten international varieties of wines and is the second most popular after the famous Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape’s name comes from the French word “merle” which means “The Little Blackbird”. Merlot come from the French Bordeaux region more than 300 years ago. The first mention of such beverages was found in the manuscripts of the 18th century. From this moment on, the unpretentious sort of grape spread across Bordeaux and all around the world. Now this grape is grown in Italy, Argentina, Chile, Israel, the United States and other countries.

Blending Merlot

Merlot is called ladies’ wine. Soft, round, easy drinking ­ this is the most typical description of Merlot wine. There is a belief that this sort perfectly smooths out the excessive sharpness of other wines and therefore Merlot is perfect for blending. The most distinguished blend is the combination of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; another popular compound is blending with Cabernet Franc.

Taste of Merlot

The young Merlot wine has a berry aroma, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry flavours are the most dominated in it. Merlot has a strong plummy taste. After oak barrels’ storage there are aromas of figs, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black pepper and even ­ the skin and truffles in the bouquet. In other respects, Merlot wine’s taste is a real chameleon, which depending on the vinification techniques and, in particular, climate cultivation space can be referenced in completely different characters. The taste depends on the locality in which the vineyard is situated. The warmer area ­ the sweeter and richer are berries, but in the cooler regions of Merlot ripens in a subtle and delicate wine. Too hot climate lends variety sugary taste.

To get the best experience from drinking Merlot, it is best to use transparent glasses. This is so you can enjoy the play of colours and see how beautiful the beverage flows along the glass walls.

Wine should be served slightly chilled to 16 degrees, enjoyed in small sips and savouring the bouquet.

Pairing Merlot with Food

Most Merlot contains at least 13.5% alcohol, but some can be up to 14.5%. It has low tannin levels and gentle acidity.

For this smooth and elegant taste, Merlot goes well with many products. Overall, Merlot is a harmonious pair with dishes of chicken and other light meats. It acts as the perfect couple with a slightly spicy dark meat ­ grilled duck or beef bourguignon. Acute and semi hard cheeses are perfect for this drink.

Merlot is a good choice as a beginners wine, because of Merlot ripens quickly, it is not necessary to store in the basement for years.

My First Hachoo Bubble Tea Experience

I’m usually all about Merlot wine. However recently I’ve discovered this new phenomenon drink called bubble tea. My gosh it blew my mind! Here’s my first bubble tea experience with a new start-up company called Hachoo Bubble Tea.

My First Hachoo Bubble Tea

I was in London visiting friends when I discovered this little pop up stall outside Canada Water station. It was called Hachoo Bubble Tea and they make fresh drinks using loose leaf tea and add toppings into a cool drink. This was perfect for a hot summer day. For those who don’t know, bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea made with green/black tea with the addition of either milk, fruit and bubbles known as tapioca pearls.

Hachoo Bubble Tea

Original Hachoo milk tea, made with diary free milk.

They had so many flavours to choose from. I decided to go with passion fruit green tea, which was recommended as one of the popular choices, along with mango popping juice balls. The colour looks amazing. They used a funky machine to seal the cup with a film. I was then told to pick a coloured straw and stab the film with it. But this was no ordinary straw. It was much wider than the ones you would normally use with your lemonade. These straws are specific to bubble tea so that I could suck up the juice balls as well as the drink. With my first gulp, my mouth of filled with fruit flavour tea and balls that were popping with I chewed on them. The balls released more mango flavours. What a fantastic first time experience.

The staff were extremely friendly. I wish I could have tried their other flavours but sadly I had to go. If anyone hasn’t tried it or still wondering what on earth am I talking about. Just give it a try. This is definitely my kind of alternative drink to Merlot.

Why Do We Hate Merlot Wine?

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Why Do We Hate Merlot Wine?

No matter if you are a wine lover or not, it is more likely that you have wondered why people hate Merlot wine; at least once in your life. What is it that turns people into snobs when it comes to Merlot wine? Well, let’s find out.

Was It Miles?

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The year was 2004 when Merlot wine was about to face some major talk-down. Miles is a wine aficionado and a fictional character in the movie “Sideways“. It all seemed to be going great until Miles put these words together: “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving” followed by “I am NOT drinking any f*****g Merlot!”. That is when all hell broke loose (when it comes to Merlot wine, of course!). Also known as the “Sideways” effect, the shrinking Merlot wine resonance continues to reverberate even today; even almost after a decade has gone by.

Or The price?

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No matter if it’s a victim to fashion or it rightfully got what it deserve, Merlot wine has been an outcast ever since. However, it was not just this line that contributed to Merlot wine’s ever-shrinking popularity.
Based on a simple association game, most people (including wine enthusiasts from around the globe) shall respond that wines such as Chateau St. Jean and Jarvis are worthy of attention due to their increased value. As a result, Merlot wine is also associated with the pop culture due to its low and affordable price.
So, for those with an acquired taste for high-quality and refined wines, Merlot was a reminder that particular wine varieties are ripe for everyone’s taking. Consequently, it was a matter of time before Merlot wine turned into a persona non grata that most “hate” and snob big time.

The Blend Factor

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One last reason why people hate Merlot wine revolves around its non-pure essence. Nowadays, it is quite common for wine manufacturers to combine various types of wine to achieve maximum quality. Merlot is one of the top choices for mixed types of wine. As a result, wine lovers have a hard time tracking down some decent pure Merlot wine; especially those who know their way into the wine universe. Day by day, its reputation is going downhill, and things only seem to get worse.

At the end of the day, Merlot wine is easy to drink, and that is what might upset wine enthusiasts who look for a ruminative and reflective wine-tasting experience. So, haters gonna hate!