Let me start off by saying that I am a wine LOVER. I am not a connoisseur by any means, but I really enjoy relaxing after a long day with a glass of wine, or sipping on one over dinner with my husband is so blissful to me! Now, in all honesty, I do not spend more then $30 on a bottle of wine unless it is a special occasion. Come on… we all know unless you really, really, REALLY love and prefer the taste of expensive wines,  then we can all find a wine that we love that doesn’t break the bank.

Since this is the first wine review that I am doing, I thought it would be fitting to review a Merlot. Blog name… I had to do it! It just feels right!

This particular Merlot is one that I found out BevMo!, which is a huge wine, beer and liquor retail store. Let me just say all that needs to be said about this store; THEY HAVE 5 CENT SALES. You buy one bottle and get one for a nickel. Sold. I went looking there one day before my husband and I got married because we wanted to use 4 different wine bottles as guest books and have people write on them with metallic permanent marker. We had them labeled as 1, 5, 10, and 25  year anniversaries and we plan on drinking them at those marriage mile markers. The idea itself turned out so lovely and we get to keep the bottles with the signatures and notes forever!


We got to enjoy one of the bottles on our one year anniversary. The name of the Merlot is “Challis Lane” and it was a 2011 California Merlot. I had never tried it before I bought it for the wedding so it was really just a hope and prayer that when we opened it on our anniversary, it would not be absolutely atrocious. It was not at all! First of all, it smells AMAZING. For those of you that are smell before you taste people like me, and you like things that have a strong odor, this is for you! It has a subtle flavor, which I like. I am not a fan of super bold wines. I really picked up on the plum and vanilla which was a phenomenal combination. It wasn’t overly sweet or overly dry just a wonderful happy-medium! It has kind of a tartness to it, but nothing overpowering. The bottle says that it has some black cherry flavor in there, but since I don’t have a fancy pallet I may not have been able to pick up on that. It had sat in the bottle for over a year and half so that could have enhanced the flavor as well. Who cares.. it was delicious regardless! I believe I paid $13 for this particular bottle, and of course got another for a nickel!


The bottle itself is nice. It has a picture of what I assume is the vineyard it is from. It has an olive tone to it now that all the wine it gone out of it with gold highlighting. I really enjoy keeping bottles that have a unique look and it also draws me in to get the bottle in the first place. Some wines just have boring labels and when I see it I’m like… nope, next. The one part about it that I was not really a fan of is the rubber cork… I really LOVE regular corks. The rubber ones just frustrate me to no end sometimes. I know that they don’t break as easily but… I am just not a fan.

This Merlot shot up to the top of my favorite reds list QUICKLY. The best part about is, after two glasses I had not even a hint of a headache, which we all know can be a side affect of many wines unfortunately for us wine lovers. Try it out! Let me know what you think and if you have any Merlot recommendations that you love:)

*Cheers to a bottle of wine without the headache*