Wine Varietal

Red Meritage
  • Pronounced
    (MER-i-tij)
  • Appearance
    Dark Ruby Red
  • Body Style
    Medium to full-bodied
  • Flavors
    Black cherries, blackberries, currants, plums, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice, smoke and herbs
  • Major Source
    California and France (Bordeaux region)
  • Food Matches
    Cheddar
    Lamb
    Roast Beef
    Steaks
Red Bordeaux and Red Meritage wines are produced from a blend of up to five varietal grapes. The two major grapes used are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and used to a lesser amount are Cabernet Franc, Malbec and/or Petit Verdot. The most prized Red Bordeaux come from the Medoc communes of Margaux, St.-Julien, Pauillac, and St.-Estephe in Bordeaux, where the wines are ranked into growths, from First Growth, the highest rating, down to the Fifth Growth.