Merlot Or Malbec What’s The Difference

Merlot and Malbec are red wines that can range in price from inexpensive to over the top pricey. These two red wines originated in the vineyards of France. France claims they once had ownership of these two red wines, but they no longer hold the title as an exclusive growing location. Both wines can now be found all over the world in places like Italy, Spain, and California. At Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro, a wine bar in Farmingdale, offer two different types of Merlots and three different Malbecs that you can enjoy the next time you stop in!

Background On Merlot:

Merlot has a soft and luxurious flavoring that is made by thin skins of the grapes, giving off a less acidic and sweeter flavor. Since these grapes absorb the sun more efficiently, it is less of a full-body than a cabernet. Merlot was once considered a beginner red wine because it is found to be easy to drink. If you are new to red wine, start with a glass of merlot at Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro a wine bar in Farmingdale, could be a step in the right direction. 

Like all other red wines, merlot has an ideal temperature range. When merlot is too warm or too cold, it can take away from the flavor of the wine. The perfect temperature for a glass of merlot is somewhere between 60-65 degrees. You can achieve this temperature placing the bottle in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Keep in mind that a bottle of merlot usually lasts for about 2-4 days, but beyond that, the wine will start to oxidize.  

Background On Malbec:

Now a malbec is a little different from a merlot; however, it still has excellent flavoring. When drinking a glass of malbec, you usually taste flavors like black cherries, roasted beets, and flowers, and can also be more rooted in color. Malbec is often known as a medium to full-bodied, dry red wine with high tannins. It is not as dense as cabernet but not as sweet as chianti. However, it goes well with the heartiest dishes. If you are planning to visit Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro and are looking for a great glass of malbec, try our Malma, Patagonia, Argentina. It will go great with our short rib ravioli or our smoked gouda mac and cheese with brisket! 

Visit a wine bar in Farmingdale: 

When you make a reservation at a wine bar in Farmingdale like Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro,  you can expect to get a taste of our excellent selections of Merlot and Malbec. Along with those two wines, we offer over fifty other varieties. Our wide range of wine changes seasonally and is crafted from around the world! Stop in the Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro to see which wine you like better today! 

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