At Alumni Ridge, we love our merlots, which are generally softer, riper and fleshier than most Cabernets, and have a marked acidity. Unlike Cabs, you can drink our Merlots easily with a range of Italian or Mediterranean dishes, especially tomato-based ones.
Because many Merlots are medium-bodied, they tend to pair well with richly sauced dishes such as steak or lamb, where a more powerfully tannic wine would be overwhelming. Our Merlot is also terrific to cook with, making a rich base for red wine sauces.
Other main dishes you can pair our Merlot with include caramelized roast veggies such as roast squash, red peppers or beets, or even fried (or grilled!) mushrooms.
Because of its inherent sweetness, it also pairs well with spicy dishes such as blackened fish or jambalaya, a personal favorite pairing of our Alumni Ridge staff…the spicier the better!