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Merlot

Forget the stereotypes you’ve heard about Merlot. Despite the subpar reputation it received from the movie “Sideways,” this native French grape is responsible for producing some of the world’s silkiest, smoothest, and most easy-drinking red wines. Popular in Bordeaux’s Right Bank, Napa, and Washington State, the grape is known for yielding supple flavors dark fruits, bing cherries, and cocoa.