Merlot is a black grape variety that originated in the French region of Bordeaux, where it is often a component of a blend. Its purpose in the blend is to soften the tannins of the wine, adding a silky, velvety texture along with luscious fruit characteristics.
When produced on the Right Bank of Bordeaux in areas such as Pomerol and St. Emilion, Merlot is the dominant grape, and when produced on the Left Bank, in areas such as Pauillac and Margaux, Merlot is a secondary grape in the blend.
In Italy and the New World, Merlot is often seen as a singular expression and is known to be soft, ripe, and elegant in style, with common flavors of plum, mint, and chocolate. When aged in new oak, Merlot has added flavors such as coffee, baking spice, and vanilla.
Grandma Termini’s Osso Buco
One of the best things about this dish is that, for the most part, it cooks unattended until just before you’re ready to serve, leaving more time to mingle with guests. You can serve this osso buco with a variety of sides, from pasta to polenta, rice or potatoes.