Disclosure: I received samples of wines with which to celebrate #MerlotMe. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
October is the month dedicated bringing awareness to the often misunderstood and maligned Merlot wine. Merlot is a noble grape that unfortunately became so popular that mass production became more important than quality.
This, along with a movie called "Sideways", created a situation where consumers were hesitant to buy Merlot. The wine industry, recognizing the error of their ways, set about to rectify the problem. They have been extremely successful.
Merlot is, once again, a wine that you should absolutely stand up and take notice of. It has many of the same qualities as Cabernet Sauvignon but is much more food friendly, pairing well with roasted chicken, pork dishes and Mexican food, to name a few.