A nice dinner with some great friends has inspired me to write about Merlots. Why? Well, they brought a prime example of why I write this blog: a great wine at a very reasonable price (that, and I thought I should probably do justice to any negative connotations from my "Sideways - Pinot Noir" post). :)
Our friends brought over 14 Hands Merlot which I quickly added to my list of wines. It's from Washington State and is available at Total Wine for $10.99.
I really enjoyed this Merlot, so I figured I would post a couple of others I enjoy too.
If you're wondering what that weird ladle-looking thing in the picture is, it's my Skybar wine chill drop, which chills my room temp wine (yes, even red wine should be chilled slightly and not served at room temp).
They were a gift from my brother-in-law who evidently knows me all too well.
The second is Santa Ema Merlot Reserve ($10.99 at Norman's and $11.99 at Total Wine) which is also a nice choice. This Chilean wine received 90 points from Wine Advocate.
Unrelated side note: I found Vivino, an awesome (and free) wine app that you can use to keep track of what you like. You can actually snap a picture of the wine bottle and the app will match it to its database and recognize the wine. I have yet to find a wine it can't recognize. For all you HIMYM fans out there: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
In any case, hope you get to try these - cheers!