Merlot is a dry, red, medium-bodied wine that once was considered a less than desirable choice by many — described as Cabernet’s “poor cousin” by the “International Wine Guide.” Today, with the emphasis placed on the health benefits of red wine, merlot wines are often enjoyed by people who appreciate the wine for its not too subtle, yet not too powerful, taste.
8 Choose wine glasses that have long stems so you can easily hold the stem instead of the glass. When pouring merlot, pour toward the middle of the glass and twist the bottle a bit as you turn it upright to stop pouring. This will help prevent drips. Once you open a bottle of merlot, plan on drinking it within a few days to enjoy it at its best.
Swirl the wine in the glass and inhale and enjoy its scent or bouquet before taking your first taste. Sip the wine at leisure and enjoy the flavor.