The aromatics of this plush, richly fruited Merlot deliver exactly what they suggest: ripe flavors of plum, cherry and cassis. Utterly enjoyable on its own, this is a red for any day of the week, yet its food-friendly nature and appetizing tannins encourage you to savor it with a special meal. Heed your instincts — complementary pairings run the gamut from beef Bourguignon to hearty vegetable stew.
Pays D'Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Marinated Red Meats
In France alone, there are more than 30 different clones of the Chardonnay grape alone – all slightly genetically different versions of Chardonnay that descended from a common ancestor.