Know your wine grapes
From Cabernet Sauvignon to Gewürztraminer, wine grapes around the world feature complex flavors and aromas.
The flexible, fruity Merlot
Considered the "gateway wine" for those just getting into the scene, the Merlot grape is a popular variety due its broad appeal across all palates.
Much like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot's origins can be traced back to the 17th century in the Bordeaux region of France. Depending on climate and soil, its flavor can vary from hints of chocolate to plum, berries and even tobacco. It is estimated that Merlot grapes cover some 640,000 acres globally.