Soft and silky Merlot is a very easy, friendly wine. Fruity and rich with flavours of black cherry, plum, vanilla, oak, violets, and dark fruits, this wine can also contain hints of cedar or cigar. Merlot is a versatile wine that is best enjoyed with roasted red meats, salmon, duck, mushroom dishes, and pasta with red wine and tomato sauce. Mild cow and goat cheese compliment this wine’s smoothness very nicely. Seafood, pork, most fish, and citrus or cream sauces should be avoided. Merlot lends itself fabulously to romantic dinners, informal gatherings, and cocktail parties.