The popularity of merlot took a hit after the release of a film called “Sideways” where the main character “will not drink F – (bleep) ing merlot”. Quite unfair I think. Merlot is an important component in the blends of Bordeaux, but will grow in many countries across the world beautifully. It’s a flexible grape and is a delicious, smooth and fruity wine on its own. Researchers have found that merlot is an offspring of Cabernet Franc – and it is also related to Carmenere and Malbec.