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Lush appeal: Merlot wines savoured for this review. Often said to be "sexy", the Merlot grape is sought after for its "soft and lush" taste profile, which makes it an excellent pairing for fine dining

The seductive grape, Merlot

The second most common varietal after Cabernet Sauvignon is a vinous sizzler, writes NK YONG
Oct 3, 2014 5:50 AM

SOMEONE called it the "Sexy" grape. (Can't remember who it was, but the name stuck) Merlot is the grape, but why the nickname? Because it is soft and lush. Dan Duckhorn (of Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley) called it "seductive". Is the wine sexy? Not at the prices the grape in its most expensive