I always pass by the merlot.
I am another wine noob.I like trying different varietals.But I always pass by the merlot section when buying wines. Probably had something to do with that movie Side....... Do alot of people turn their nose up when mentioned?
I tend to pass on American merlot and merlot heavy blends. A bit too soft for me and doesn't pair well with what I typically eat.
Bordeaux is another matter but I don't think that is what you are referring to when you say "the merlot section". Sounds like maybe you are referring to grocery store wines.
I have had a few good CA blends and like them better with a good amount of Franc in the mix. WA Merlots are getting interesting so I might change my tune :)
Depends on whether merlot is going to match whatever I plan to eat.
As for a wine to drink by itself, it's usually not my first grab in reds....
In 2009, one of the best bottles of wine I’ve ever had was the 1996 Orlando Abrigo, Langhe Rosso, “Livraie” - Treiso, Italy that I enjoyed with my hamburger lunch at Boulevard in SF. It’s a merlot. Recently, I also enjoyed a 2006 Vignalta “Gemola,” DOC Colli Euganei - Arqua Petrarca, IT at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, CA another Merlot with short ribs. Also, I prefer the Tuscan and other blends that use Merlot instead of Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese. This looks like a trend for Italian Merlot, but this week I really enjoyed a 1994 Chateau Corbin Michotte, Grand Cru Classe - Saint Emilion , FR from K&L Wine Merchants at home with our lamb roast. These wines were not expensive, but they were wonderfully full of character with those meals. Good Merlot is an outstanding wine.
If you pass by because you've tasted a lot of Merlot and don;t care for it, or if you pass by because there is another varietal you want to try or that you prefer, then what's the problem?
There's so many different wines that whatever you choose you are therefore not choosing 1,000s of others.
But if the only reason to pass by is because of a movie, then that is just plain daft. Especially as Miles in the movie doesn't dislike Merlot -- see the film and understand the situation and context in which the famous statement was made.