International Merlot Day - November 7
Tue Nov 7th

International Merlot Day

International Merlot Day is held every year on November 7th in the world's most popular red wines. It's also a day to remind those who haven't tried merlot to try it.

The word "merlot" is thought to be a diminutive of merle. This is the French word for the blackbird, which most likely refers to the grape's color. Merlot wine was first produced in Bordeaux, France, and was first exported in Bordeaux, France. Some mistakenly believe that cabernet sauvignon, a different grape, is the most widely planted in Bordeaux. This is not the case, however, this is not the case. More hectares in Bordeaux are dedicated to growing Merlot than any other grape. Merlot is Italy's 5th most planted grape. The grape is Israel's second most widely planted grape.

Other regions that produce Merlot include: Bordeaux, Italy, and Israel.

  • California
  • Washington
  • Chile
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • Greece
  • Mexico

Merlot's flavor is described as a dark fruit flavor by wine experts. Black cherry, blackberry, plum, and raspberry are all popular fruit. These fruity flavors are layered with herbal tones as well as vanilla and mocha undertones. However, it is not a sweet wine. Merlot is a dry wine that some would consider bitter. This bitter taste comes from the grapes' skins during the winemaking process.

How to celebrate #internationalmerlotday

On this day, liquor stores, bars, and restaurants all feature different varieties of Merlot, as well as special discounts on bottles of wine. Merlot enthusiasts gather together to enjoy their favorite wine. On this day, wine-tasting dinners and winemaking demonstrations are also popular. Today is the perfect day to try Merlot if you've never tried it before. Sit back with a glass of wine and watch one of these movies that showcase this common drink.

  • Sideways
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • Bottle Shock
  • You Will Be My Son
  • A Good Year
  • Somm
  • Uncorked

#InternationalMerlotDay is also posted on social media.