Currently Merlot is the world’s most popular red wine. It was originally used as a blending grape in Bordeaux to soften the Cabernet Sauvignon. Because of its fresh, ripe fruit flavors, Merlot has captured the attention of the everyday wine consumer. Merlot offers red fruit components such as cherry, plum, and currants with hints of cedar prominent with oak aging. Merlot is capable of producing wines which are full-bodied and tannic, but most wines focus on a friendly, soft, and fruity style. Merlot should be served at room temperature with lamb, duck, veal, and cheese.