What's a Meritage? Well, it's a blend - either white OR red (most people think it's red only, and that's wrong) - that's supposed to be similar in style to the great wines of Bordeaux. Meritage is pronounced to rhyme with "heritage" although I often say it the wrong, French way myself (Mare-it-tahj) out of habit. The name came from a consumer contest in the late 1980s to promote these  blends, which come mainly but not exclusively from California. Wineries that put "Meritage" on the label have to pay a fee per case to the Meritage Alliance, and those wines must be made from specific grapes. Because of that, a lot of wineries just blend their grapes and create so-called…

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