October Featured Varietal - Merlot

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014

Each month, Livermore Valley Wine Country highlights a varietal in our region.

VISIT, LEARN, TASTE and PAIR from one of our 50+ wineries!


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3 Steves Winery, Bodegas Aguirre Winery, Caddis Winery, Concannon Vineyard, Cuda Ridge Wines, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Ehrenberg Cellars, Fenestra Winery, Garré Vineyard & Winery, Longevity Wines, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Occasio Winery, Page Mill Winery, Retzla Vineyards, Stony Ridge Winery, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, Westover Vineyards, White Crane Winery, Wood Family Vineyards


A dark blue colored grape, Merlot's name originates from France where it is translated to "young blackbird." This translation is said to be used to identify the color of the grape itself. This grape is predicted to be the third most widely planted variety in the world.


Luscious and approachable, this classic varietal is known for its fruity aromas and hints of herbs. But don’t assume it's all soft; the right Livermore Valley Merlot can go glass-to-glass with the biggest, boldest Cabernet Sauvignon.


Try Merlot with sautéed duck breasts or roasted pork tenderloin.

To learn more, visit LVwine.org or discovercaliforniawines.com © Wine Institute