Remember the Campbell’s soup jingle, Mm Mm good? That’s sort of how I experience nearly Merlot. It’s velvety tannins, plum too blackberry flavor too soft grapheme larn inward slow to bask too rattling popular. It’s ane of the “noble grapes” of French Republic or cépage noble too is used every bit a blending grape but besides every bit a unmarried varietal. It’s planted all over the earth too of class its grapheme varies depending on the region.
In French Republic where it’s a primary grape inward Bordeaux Merlot tends to induce got to a greater extent than acidity, inward Italy it tin last lighter too to a greater extent than herbal, inward the the US it was thus lush too delicious it led to a craze inward the 90’s too the character dropped every bit winemakers scrambled to institute it everywhere. It’s all the same the 2nd leading multifariousness planted inward California, only behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Fortunately today it’s ameliorate than ever. I especially similar Merlot from California too Washington where the best examples combine the fruitiness you lot await from a New World vino too yet the construction of an Old World wine.
When it comes to pairing, it’s truly pretty slow to honor nutrient that goes good alongside Merlot. I lately opened a bottle of J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot, 2014, a blend alongside 15% Malbec, every bit purpose of #MerlotMe. It’s a large ruby-red wine, but shine alongside supple tannins too enough of plum, a hint to spice too a long finish. It was awarded 95 points too Gold-Best of Class of Region from the 2016 California State Fair Competition. It’s a non bad value for $15.
You mightiness intend this vino would exclusively couplet good alongside beef, but it’s truly terrifically versatile too works alongside much lighter dishes than you lot mightiness expect. In general, Merlot is a expert vino for vegetarian dishes, especially if they induce got umami flavors (think eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes). I tried the vino alongside 2 dishes. It was expert alongside roasted game hens I seasoned exclusively alongside common salt too pepper too only about basil leaves nether the skin. It was fifty-fifty ameliorate alongside a pasta dish I created alongside lots of mushrooms too Parmigiana-Reggiano.
Note: Choose a younger Parmigiano-Reggiano for this recipe, since it volition melt bettter, preferably 24 months or less.
Mushrooms & Parmigiano Pasta
Makes 2 servings
iv ounces tagliatelle, spinach or plain
1 Tablespoon olive oil
vi ounces coarsely chopped oyster too cremini mushrooms, nearly 2 1/2 cups
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 loving cup diced onions
1/2 loving cup broth —chicken, vegetable or mushroom
1/2 loving cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, 2 tablespoons reserved
Freshly dry reason pepper
Chopped apartment leafage parsley
Boil a pot of H2O for pasta. Add a pinch of common salt too laid the tagliatelle al dente, per packet instructions. Drain too laid aside. Reserve 1/2 loving cup pasta water.
Heat the olive crude inward a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion too laid for v minutes, thus add together the mushrooms too garlic. Cook stirring often until mushrooms are showtime to brown, nearly iii minutes thus add together the broth. Cook for a few to a greater extent than minutes or until the liquid is almost completely evaporated. Add pasta too 1/2 loving cup pasta water. Cook too toss to coat alongside sauce too plough off the heat. Sprinkle alongside most of the cheese on the pasta, too speedily toss to combine. Season to gustatory modality alongside pepper too garnish alongside parsley too remaining cheese.
Now induce got a aspect at what #MerlotMe #WinePW friends are pairing alongside their Merlot:
Camilla from Culinary Adventures alongside Camilla shares “Merlot Shows Its Versatility too Goes +1 With Cheese, Meat, too Chocolate”
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Wendy from A Day inward the Life on the Farm shares “#MerlotMe Trifecta for #WinePW”
Michelle from Vino Travels – An Italian Wine Blog shares “#MerlotMe alongside Sausage Baked Ziti”
Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere shares “Exploring Merlot Wine Pairing alongside Bolognese Sauce”
Lori from Dracaena Wines shares “Hello, Can you lot #MerlotMe?”
Jill from Tasting Pour shares “Chipotle Chicken Stew too Merlot”
Cindy from Grape Experiences shares “Wine & Dine: Merlot alongside Eggplant & Polenta Parmigiana”
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Disclaimer: I received bottles Merlot every bit purpose of the the Merlot Me advertisement inward October, I was non compensated monetarily for this or whatsoever other post.