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Cabernet vs. Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Merlot. 
Two wines that share many similarities, but are also extremely different.

For many wine drinkers, selecting the perfect bottle and making the distinction between similar types can be difficult, but if you understand the subtle differences, you will be able to make the right decision.

Where Each is From
Both originated in the Bordeaux region of France in the 15th century; however, the grapes that are used in these two wines thrive in very different conditions.
Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in the gravely soil as is found in the Médoc region along the Left Bank. Gravel-based soil that is well drained, creating conditions that this particular type of vine needs to flurish. It has the added benefit of absorbing the heat from the environment and delivering it to the vines, which helps the fruit ripen much more quickly.


Merlot grows great in the clay and limestone-based soils that are found along the Right Bank in the Gironde estuary region. This type of soil holds a much cooler temperature resulting in a delayed ripening.
Today both wine grapes are grown in a variety of locations. Merlot-based wines are often grown and produced in St. Émilion and Pomerol, and Cabernet-based wines can be found in Médoc and Pessac-Léognan. Both types of grapes are grown extensively in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Northeastern United States, South America and Southern Australia.



Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a small, thick grape. This is why there is so much tannin in Cabernet, as the tannin is found in the skin itself. Merlot grapes have a distinctive purplish skin, and reddish vines.

Differences how they are Produced 
Cabernet Sauvignon goes through an oak aging process during production. This process is perfect for producing a delicious wine. Instead of making the wine too soft, this aging process gets the wine to the perfect level of acidity and bitterness, as well as adding additional flavors.


Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is also often aged in oak barrels, or with oak chips added to stainless steel barrells. During this process Merlot grapes must be picked immediately after ripening or they will over-ripen and lose their acidity. Where Cabernet is often made as a stand-alone wine, Merlot grapes are often blended in with others to lessen the tannin, as they have a much fruitier, lighter flavor.


What Blends Are Each Used In?
Not surprisingly, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are often blended together. The fruitiness of the Merlot is used to combat the bitterness of the tannin that is often present in Cabernet wines.

In general Merlot is used to sweeten more bitter wines and Cabernet is used to add a drier flavor to wines that are too sweet.


Differences in Taste
Cabernet Sauvignon has a bolder taste, where Merlot is softer; however, there are many bold Merlot wines as well. It all depends on where the grapes are grown.

Climate plays a big part in how these two wines taste. For example, wine made from grapes grown in a cooler climate will have a drier, more earthy flavor with a higher presence of tannin, where a wine made from grapes grown in a warmer climate will have a much fruitier flavor with less tannin.
When Pairing, When Would You Choose One Over the Other?
With all their similarities, one big difference comes in pairing Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot with food. The two wines, although made similarly in the same regions, have distinctly different flavors that cater to very different meal types.
When to Choose Cabernet Sauvignon:
Never do so with a delicate meal. Its rich flavor will overpower everything else on the table.
Instead, pair it with heavier meals such as steak, duck, wild pheasant, buffalo, and other dishes high in protein. Avoid pairing it with certain fish, as the oil doesn’t tame the tannin adequately. If you are looking for a seafood dish, less oily fish such as tuna, swordfish, and shark do pair well, but a lighter red may be a better choice.
When to Choose Merlot:
Because it has a lighter tannin and is sweeter, Merlot can be used in a variety of settings. Merlot pairs well with many different Italian dishes, especially ones featuring a tomato-based sauce. It also does well to highlight the savory flavor found in roasted chicken, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese.
While these two wines are produced in similar areas and utilize very similar techniques, they have significant differences that everyone should understand when trying to make the perfect selection.

Wine in Songs

Songs with Wine in their Lyrics

Music is just like wine. Each of us has very different tastes in what we like and dislike. The music that is great for one person can easily be bad for another people. So it’s always fun to see when wine is mentioned in song.


Here are some of the wine songs or song with wine lyrics.


A Taste of Honey by Tom Jones
“…honey, much sweeter than wine”


Babylon Sisters by Steely Dan
“Well jog with show folk on the sand
Drink kirschwasser from a shell”
Kirshwasser is a German cherry wine liqueur


Best of My Love by the Eagles
“wasting our time on cheap talk and wine, left us so little to give”


Big Shot by Billy Joel
“You had the Dom Perignon in your hand and the spoon up your nose”


Children’s Crusade by Sting
“History’s lessons drowned in red wine”


Daydream by Wave
“Sunshine, strawberry wine
a little taste of leather and lace ”


Don’t Know Why by Nora Jones
My heart is drenched in wine
But you’ll be on my mind


Drink to me only with Thine Eyes (traditional)
“Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I’ll not ask for wine”


Dust on the Bottle by David Lee Murphy
“Some say good love, well it’s like a fine wine
It keeps getting better as the days go by”


Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys
“Eyes that look like heaven, lips like sherry wine”


Get Down by Gilbert O’Sullivan
“…Once upon a time, I drank a little wine,
was as happy as could be…”


Half a Mile Away by Billy Joel
“Little Geo is a friend of mine
We get some money and we buy a cheap wine
Sit on the corner and have a holiday
Hide the bottle when the cop goes by”


Honky Cat by Elton John
“Living in the city ain’t where it’s at
It’s like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It’s like trying to drink whisky from a bottle of wine


Hotel California by the Eagles
“Please bring me my wine, he said ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969′” … and “Pink Champagne on Ice ..”


Incense & Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock
“Incense and peppermints and strawberry wine…”


Ironic by Alanis Morrisette
“it’s a black fly in your chardonnay”


Joy to the World by Three Dog Night
“Jeremiah was a bull frog.
Was a good friend of mine.
Never understood a single word he said,
but he always had some mighty fine wine.”


Killer Queen by Queen
“She keeps Moet et Chandon in a pretty cabinet”
(Moet et Chandon is a brand of Champagne)


Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera etc.
“boy drank all that magnolia wine”
“we drink wine with diamonds in the glass”


Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
“She never drinks the water, makes you order French Champagne”


Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
“If I hurt you, I’d make wine from your tears”


Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel
“Bottle of Red, Bottle of White”


A Little More Wine by Savory Brown


Alligator Wine by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins


A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine by Paul Anka


Bitter Wine by Bon Jovi
“Once you were my inspiration, but, that river’s run dry
What was once holy water, tastes like bitter wine”


Blood Red Wine by the Rolling Stones
“I got red blood, and I got blood red wine
Which I bring you, when the snow is heavy on the ground “


Bottle of Red Wine by Eric Clapton / Derek and the Dominos “Get up; get your man a bottle of red wine.
Get up; get your man a bottle of red wine.”


Bottle of Wine by Tom Paxton
“Times getting rough I ain’t got enough
To buy me a bottle of wine”


Champagne Supernova by Oasis
“Some day you will find me caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne supernova - A champagne supernova in the sky”


Cherry Red Wine by Jonny Lang


Days of Wine & Roses by Henry Mancini


Drinking Champagne by George Strait and Cal Smith


Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee by Jerry Lee Lewis and by Sticks McGhee


Elderberry Wine by Elton John


From The Vine Came the Grape The Gaylords


God of Wine by Third Eye Blind


Harvest Wine by Electric Flag


Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine by Merle Haggard


Honey and Wine by the Hollies


Honk Tonk Wine by Jerry Lee Lewis


I Buy the Wine by Merle Haggard


Kisses Sweeter than Wine by the Weavers


Lilac Wine by Nina Simon, also Jeff Buckley


Lips of Wine by Andy Williams


Little Ole Wine Drinking Me by Dean Martin


Me and My Wine by Def Leppard


Mexican Wine by Fountains of Wayne


Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine by Tom T. Hall


Old Red Wine by The Who
“Old red wine, not worth a dime; we’ll have to finish it after crossing the line.”


Red Wine by Woody Guthrie


Red Wine & Whisky by Katrina & the Waves


Red, Red Wine by UB40, lyrics and melody by Neil Diamond
“Red, red wine it make me feel so fine ...”


Sangria Wine by Jerry Jeff Walker


Slow Wine by Tony Toni Toné


Sip of Wine by Barclay James


Sip the Wine by Rick Danko


Spill the Wine by War
“Spill the wine, and take that pearl ...” - Learn More about Spill the Wine


Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter or The Band


Strawberry Wine by the Dixie Chicks


Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra or Deana Carter


Sweet Cherry Wine by Tommy James and the Shondells


Sweet Was the Wine by The Marcels


Sweet Wine by Cream


Two More Bottles of Wine by Delbert McClinton also Emmylou Harris
“my baby moved out and left me behind
But it’s all right ‘cause it’s midnight
and I got two more bottles of wine”


Unhand That Wine! by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross


Warm Red Wine by Bob Wills


Wine by Electric Flag


Wine and Roses by John Fahey


Wine and Women by the Bee Gees


Wine Colored Roses by George Jones


Wine Do Yer Stuff by Commander Cody


Wine into Water by T. Graham Brown


Wine Me Up by Faron Young


Wine O’ Wine by West Side Wayne


Wine Song by Youngbloods


Wine Stained Lips by Catch 22


Wine, Wine, Wine by Champion Jack Dupree or Rick Shelton


Wine, Women an’ Song by Whitesnake
“I love wine, women an’ song”


Wine, Women and Song by Loretta Lynn


Wine Woogie by Marvin Phillips


The Wino and I Know by Jimmy Buffett


Yesterday’s Wine by Merle HaggardMusic with wine lyrics



A Little More Wine by Savory Brown


Alligator Wine by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins




History of wine in America


A short history of wine in America.

American vineyards are hundreds of years old, but the U.S. is still considered a newcomer in wine production. The number of North American wineries surpassed 9,000 in 2016, and this growth is expected to continue. With new varietals coming from California, Washington, Oregon, New York, Texas and more, there’s no doubt that American vines are important and are here to stay.


Ponce de Leon arrived in Florida in 1513, and was followed by Spanish and French Huguenot settlers who began making wine as early as 1565 with the native American grape, Muscadine.
New Mexico established the first vineyards in 1629, when Spanish missionaries planted cuttings of the "Mission grape." Wine came to California in 1769 when the Spanish built the San Diego mission, and then continued to move north with the establishment of 20 other missions, until concluding with the Sonoma mission in 1823.  

California has the most wineries in the U.S. by far. Accounting for about 87 percent of the total U.S. wine production.

President Thomas Jefferson attempted to establish a winery and plant vineyards in Virginia in the late 1700s and early 1800s. However, he was not successful due to black rot and the pest phylloxera. Because of this, many of the East Coast and Midwest American wineries still use native American or hybrid grapes, such as the Concord, Niagara, Norton, and Catawba: they are more tolerant of those climates. Brotherhood Winery in New York, for example, established in 1839 and the oldest continually operated winery in America, continues to use some native American grapes, especially Riesling.
The geographical range of those early American wineries is wide. The Wollersheim Winery in Wisconsin was originally established in 1842 by Count Harazathy from Hungary, before he headed west to start California's oldest premium winery Buena Vista in 1857.
Other notable early wineries:;
Stone Hill Winery in Missouri dates from 1847,  
Meiers Winery in Ohio from 1856,  
Renault Winery of New Jersey 1864.  
Further south,
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars and Post Famile Vineyards of Arkansas both started in 1880,  
Val Verde Winery of Texas began in 1883. 
The oldest continually operated sparkling winery in California is Korbel Champagne Cellars founded in 1882.


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