Primary Wines Merlot
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Primary Wines Merlot - 2019

Item # 37179 750mL

A classic California Merlot with dark plum and blackberry flavors with mild tannins and a touch of spice. An easy drinking and approachable wine that is an ideal for pairing with weeknight dinners or casual drinks with friends.

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Quality ingredients are the keys to the current cocktail revolution and you can find them in any category. It's easy to overlook wine as an actual cocktail element, but it's a part of so many things we like to drink - think Sangria or spritzes as a jumping off point. I recently used this juicy Merlot to build a cocktail that included brandy, muddled blackberries, lime juice and simple syrup. The cocktail was great, but the bonus is that the wine is also delicious. Win win! This grape often gets short shrift, but people, you don't know what you are missing! The purity of fruit in this bottle really shines, ripe but not jammy. Just a hint of vanilla and spice made for an ideal layer in my cocktail recipe, but this wine doesn't need to hide behind the mask of the drink. It's a beauty on its own.




California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine, and has long been prized for the "softening" effect it can have on Cabernet Sauvignon - especially...

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