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The Merlot glass was created to match the popularity of this widely grown grape variety. The Merlot based wines of California and Chile, and increasingly the rest of the New World, are quite different in structure from the classic Merlot dominant wines of France and Italy.
New World Merlot tends to be higher in alcohol and lower in acidity than its classic European counterparts and justifies its own unique glass design. The bowl shape helps to release the warm aromatic tones of the wine, while the sharply tapered lip increases the impression of freshness and youth, making the most of the acidity of the wine and improving its balance.
During tasting trials we discovered that this glass works superbly with Iberian wines based on the Tempranillo grape, plus Southern Rhocircne reds made from Grenache, so fans of Rioja or Chacircteauneuf du Pape will also appreciate using this glass.