by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Today, I went to a coffee farm in Kauai. I did a tasting and tour and it made me think how similar coffee can be to wine. I tried about ten different varieties of flavored coffee. I started thinking recipes and what I could prepare by combining coffee and wine. The 2015 Syrah and the 2011 Renaissance by Reyes Merlot both had notes of coffee.
Every wine has a holiday, yet Merlot has a month – October is International Merlot Month! So, for a full month, everyone should enjoy Merlot. I have started with the 2011 Renaissance by Reyes Merlot. It has won Silver medals in the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition and in the 2016 Toast of the Coast, plus 88 points. This soft medium bodied Merlot has aromas of molasses, mocha and plums with notes of anise. On the palate you get intense ripe plum, a soft balanced acidity, silky tannins and a lingering finish of spicy, toasty oak. The velvety ruby color and aromas will inspire anyone to have another glass. It pairs well with duck or with a coffee-crusted pork roast with a Merlot au jus.
The ideas started to pop into my head and haven’t stopped since. I was thinking about a spiced shoofly pie, but instead of a plain pie crust a coffee infused one. I absolutely love shoofly, it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch treat. My mother grew up in Philadelphia and I remember visiting family and trying this dessert and loving it. It’s a molasses pie that’s enjoyed with a cup of coffee. But I’m thinking, with a glass of Merlot! Now, if anyone has attended one of my vertical tastings, you will know it comes with many delectable desserts that I create. This pairing will surely be on the menu this month.
Celebrate Merlot in the month of October; social media has a hashtag for it — #MerlotMe. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Merlot. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass; #MerlotMe and #Reyeswinery. October 26th is my annual Merlot Vertical. Join me for an afternoon of education, food and wine pairings and lots of fun!
For more information, visit www.reyeswinery.com.