Sunday, March 8, 2009

What is Meritage?
Meritage wine is made from a blend of Bordeaux grapes. There's Red Meritage and White Meritage. To use Meritage on a wine label, winemakers must be a member of the Meritage Association.
Red Mertitage is made from a blend of two or more of the following grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, St, Macaire and Gros Verdot
White Meritage is a blend of of two or more of the following grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Vert.
No single variety can comprise more than 90% of the blend.
Washington State has approximately 20 Meritage members, Oregon has 4 members, Idaho has 1 member and British Columbia has 6 members. Contrast this to California which has approximately 131 members.
Membership consists of a total of about 200 wineries, in six different countires: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United States.
Meritage is a combination of two words: "Merit" and "Heritage"


  1. Does this mean I have to take out a bank loan to buy a bottle?

  2. There are some hard money lenders out there that I could recommend.

  3. Now I know why I like Meritages.

  4. I am a wholesaler of fine wines and liquors in Waukesha, WI and I was approached by a friend, who had gotten a bottle of De Beaumont Cellars VSR 2006 Meritage, as a gift from a friend. They really enjoyed the wine and asked me to find out where they could get more. If there are any suggestions, please let me know at

  5. Prior to Meritage, these Bordeaux blends were just labeled Red Table Wine which is what Gallo Hearty Burgundy is considered. The Meritage designation gives these wines an appropriate place on a wine list or shop shelf, and it gives the consumer both a better idea of what style of wine to expect and an assurance from the winemaker that this is the best quality effort in blending.