In honor of International Merlot Day, we would like to lift our glasses to the joys of this ruby-colored elixir. Not only does wine enhance a meal or mark a celebration, but it also has health benefits too.

That said, there is not just fun in drinking red wine, but many doctors say red wine is good for you. And to talk about wine, it’s always good to have a few floral terms to throw around. Those will come in handy when the conversation is going south at a party. If you are sitting next to someone who is a bore and a snore, try this. “Not only does this Syrah have all those healthy phenols, but I detect a delicious note of lavender. And you?”

Wine lovers use that term to describe the aroma that comes from the types of grapes used. After fermentation, different grapes have notes that are suggestive of flowers. Common floral notes for red wines include:

The Nebbiolo grape, which has a rose note, is famous as the basis for big, bold Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Rose can also be discerned in a variety of red and white wines, including Gewürztraminer, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Sangiovese.

If it grows together, it goes together. Plus, lavender is so hot now, thanks to Taylor Swift’s “Lavender Haze.” Lavender often grows alongside vineyards in Southern France, Spain, and Italy. It is not surprising, therefore, that lavender is a characteristic note in the Grenache grape, which is widely grown in the warmer regions of France and in Spain and Italy. Other grapes with lavender notes include Syrah, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Tempranillo.

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