Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wine Finds: Meritage at Aldi, Trader Joe's

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wine Finds: Meritage at Aldi, Trader Joe's

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Meritage refers to certain American red and white wines made only from Bordeaux grape varieties. The word, which rhymes with heritage, was created by U.S. vintners in the late 1980s and reflects the Bordeaux tradition of blending. In fact, a wine can't be called Meritage if it's made with only one varietal or contains varietals that are not on the approved list. In addition, a winery must obtain a license to use Meritage on the label and the wine must meet certain criteria. Aldi and Trader Joe's offer good and affordable examples.

ROUSTABOUT 2013 MERITAGE PASO ROBLES

Bought * Trader Joe's, 48 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for $7.99

Description * This Meritage is made in the style of "right bank" Bordeaux red wines, which tend to emphasize merlot. The Roustabout is composed of 49 percent merlot, 36 percent cabernet sauvignon and small amounts of malbec, petit verdot and cabernet franc. …

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