Welcome to Swill or Swell, a weekly series where I taste grocery store wines and let you know if they’re worth the buck or just meant for the drain!
CAVEAT! As you read this, please keep in mind that wine is subjective! This means that everyone enjoys different things and something I like might not be something you like and vice versa. I’ll be as objective as I can with facts about the wine’s quality, but in the end if your opinion differs from mine...that’s perfectly fine! Wine is only worth drinking if YOU like drinking it!
LET'S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Today I'll be tasting the Paisajes de los Andes Merlot. I purchased this from Kroger QFC for $8.99. I've tried the Carménère from this producer so I thought it would be fun to test the Merlot!
PAISAJES MERLOT FUN FACTS
Let's start by talking about the Merlot grape:
Now let's talk about the region this wine comes from: Valle Central, Chile
WINE TASTING NOTES
Look: Medium ruby with very pale edges
Smell: Candied cherry, roasted strawberry, leather
Taste: Medium plus tannin, slightly sour, medium plus acidity, medium body
Food Pairing - My guest, @grateboards, tested some different cheeses with this and found that she really enjoyed it with Roquefort Blue Cheese and Aged Gouda.
Occasion - Perfect paired with a charcuterie board and a group of friends, maybe game night?
Rating - I give this a swell!
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