A typical 5-ounce serving of Merlot has 122 calories, none of which are from fat. Like other wines, Merlot has little nutritional value, having only 1 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 4 percent of the RDA of iron.
Merlot is a red wine that is part of the Bordeaux family of grapes, and it is very high in tannins. The majority of the Merlot grapes are grown in France. Other locations where Merlot grapes are grown include Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, New Zealand and Australia.
As a red wine, Merlot pairs best with red meat, such as steaks and prime rib. Some lighter-bodied Merlots go best with seafood, such as salmon and shellfish.