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Merlot: TRIO WINES’ most versatile grape

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019

Merlot is the wine world’s chameleon. Native to France’s Bordeaux Region, this versatile grape variety made its way to Chile by the end of the 19th Century, and since then it’s been planted far and wide across the country.

Merlot thrives in colder climates that endow it with smooth tannins and a medium-body finish. One of Chile’s premier zones for Merlot is found in the Maule Valley, a southern-central wine-producing area that runs from the Pacific coast to the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The vast range of climates — from cool ocean breezes to imposing mountain winds — and the mostly clay and granite soil composition make Maule Valley the perfect place to harvest for grapes for TRIO Merlot.

This blend — comprised of 52% Merlot, 45% Carmenere, and 3% Syrah — is characterized by its aromas of fresh plums and cherries and its lush finish.

Given its chameleon-like profile, Merlot can be paired with a wide variety of foods that allow for its complexities and red fruit flavors to be savored in all their greatness.

Some classic pairings for TRIO Merlot include white meats, pastas and cheeses, while thanks to its versatility, it also pairs remarkably with risottos, delicatessen meats, fatty fishes such as salmon and tuna, grilled vegetable medleys, and pizza… and those are just the pairings we’ve discovered thus far!

Venture out and create your own TRIO Merlot pairings, and don’t forget to let us know your favorite!

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