Even though today is 'International Wine Day', with so many awesome vineyards and wineries in our region, why not highlight where you can celebrate locally, right?

Makes sense.

This time of year is great to indulge in a good Merlot. If you're unfamiliar with a merlot's characteristics, all you need to know to cover your basics is that it's a dark red wine with hints of cherry and chocolate.

Many selections go well with rich pasta dishes as well as hearty meat meals. Maybe, you should try one of these local selections with dinner tonight?

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    2016 Merlot Reserve

    White Horse Winery
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    2016 Cape May Merlot

    Cape May Winery
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    Eidólon 2014

    Auburn Road Winery
    AuburnRoadVineyards.com
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    The Eidólon 2014 merlot is aged for 30 months in barrels plus another 9 in the bottle. Fun fact about this one: the name comes from a poem written by Walt Whitman.

    Find out more HERE.

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    Palmaris 2017 Outer Coastal Plain Merlot Reserve

    Tomasello Winery
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    Tomasello Winery advises aeration for this wine before it's served, so decanting this selection and letting it sit is a must.

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    DiMatteo Merlot

    DiMatteo Winery
    DiMatteoWinery.com
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    It is suggested that this Merlot be paired with foods like pasta with red sauce, anything grilled, as well as various steak + beef dishes.