November 7 -- Forget the Election, It’s Merlot Day

November 7 -- Forget the Election, It’s Merlot Day

We don’t think it’s a coincidence that Merlot Day occurs on the same day as the US General Election. Wherever you land on the political spectrum, we all need a nice Merlot to make it through.

Miles, the boorish wine snob from 2004’s indie buddy comedy “Sideways” expresses his feelings about Merlot when he says, “"If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving, I am NOT drinking any f***ing Merlot!"

Hold on there, Miles. That’s the type of pretentious wine arrogance that will earn you a big Swizl time out. A good Merlot can be a beautiful thing!

The merlot grape is one of the most popular red grapes in America, second only to Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape’s easy, ripe profile made it an instant favorite when it arrived in America from France during the nineteenth century. The wines we get from it are laid-back, comfortable drinking wines, perfect for pairing with food or drinking solo. The flavor brings hints of raspberry, clove and chocolate or mocha. What’s not to like?

So, Swizl up the recipe below with a good Merlot. Enjoy it with our song suggestion and we know you can make it through the general election today.

THE RECIPE: The Soft Cherry Sangre


1. 5 Ounces of Merlot

1 Ounce of Whiskey

3-5 Cherries

.25 Ounces of Simple Syrup

1 Lemon Peel

1 Lemon Slice

Regular and Cracked Ice (Place a cube in your palm and use the back of a spoon to crack it)



Rub the rim edge of a rocks glass with the lemon peel and then set it aside to garnish the glass for serving. Muddle your cherries in the bottom of a mixing glass, just enough to bring out their sweetness. Cap and shake the Merlot, Whiskey and simple syrup with regular ice. Strain over cracked ice. Add the lemon slice, garnish with the lemon peel on the glass and serve with the toast below.


Andy Shauf is a Canadian singer-songwriter who creates simple songs and lush arrangements that intertwine into something that’s nothing short of gorgeous. This tune, “Martha Sways” is an awesome example. Its emotional honesty and soft beauty echo the comfortable appeal of a good Merlot on a night at home. Turn it up!