If you like Merlot wine, California Merlot is some of the best in the world. It is a little sweeter than Cabernet Sauvignon, does not have as much tannin and pairs with many delicious dishes.

Here are just a few of the popular choices you have available to you from California.
Bogle Merlot
Bogle Merlot is made from grapes grown all over California.  This Merlot is made from certain vineyards in certain appellations, namely Lodi, Monterey and vineyards in Clarksburg.

Bogle Merlot has received many awards and accolades over the years it has been made. The Bogle Family has kept up its tradition of making quality Merlot for the price.  This is an intense wine, with lots of structure and layers to its flavors and aroma.

It has beautiful aromas of ripe cherries and plums, herbs and green peppers. The flavors are of berries and spice, they explode with full-bodied intensity and get rounded out by the vanilla flavor, thanks to the oak barrels.  Bogle Merlot has a silky texture that is followed by the tannins.

Castle Rock Merlot
Castle Rock Merlot is made from grapes grown in Mendocino County, in the Central Coast area of California.  Since the vineyard are near the ocean, the combination of the sunny California climate and the cooling ocean breezes makes this a perfect area to grow Merlot that has lots of flavor.

Castle Rock Merlot is a lovely full-bodied Merlot with a deep red color, aromas of berries, fruit and herbs.  The flavors you will experience are spicy with lots of fruit.
Matanzas Creek Merlot
Matanzas Creek Merlot is made in Sonoma County and the Alexander Valley.  The Alexander Valley Merlot grows on the Matanzas Alexander Mountain Estate at 1,000 feet above sea level and above.  This gives this Merlot the structure of a right bank Bordeaux wine, as the cool temperatures and foggy days mimic this environment.

This Matanzas Creek Merlot is deep and dark with lots of flavors of berries, plums and spice.  The finish last long and has excellent structure.  This Merlot can age for 10-15 years to ensure the best experience.

The Sonoma County Matanzas Creek Merlot is intense with lovely flavors of berries and spices.  Merlot ripens earlier than other grapes here, thanks to the mild days with lots of sunshine.
How to Pair California Merlot
Merlot is a full-bodied wine which means it has tannins. Any wine with tannins loves a dish that is rich with protein.

Enjoy your California Merlot with roast pork, stews, hard or soft cheeses like blue cheese or cheddar cheese, pasta dishes, roast beef, pizza, smoked turkey and more.

California Merlot is very versatile, so any dish you decide to pair it with will be simply delicious.