Tri-Tip Steak and Duckhorn, a #MerlotMe Classic #WinePW

Have we tried all the Merlots? No way!

7th Annual Collaboration between #WinePW and #MerlotMe
2021 marks the 7th year our Wine Pairing Weekend writers have partnered with the Merlot producers in support of the October month-long #MerlotMe celebration. We continue to find new ways to partner this adaptable wine with food. Take a look below for links to all our posts. You might find a new pairing you’d love to try!

Disclosure: The wine for this post was provided as a sample. No other compensation was involved, all opinions expressed are mine.

(click on any photo below for a full-size slideshow of some of our favorite Duckhorn Merlot Pairings)

Over the years, have paired Duckhorn Merlot with a wide variety of foods (click on the food to jump to the prior post):

Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley AVA

Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley AVA 2015 (sample, $110 SRP, available online here) 14.7% abv
Eye: Deep Ruby
Nose: Medium plus intensity aromas of deep, ripe blueberry, blackberry, figs, vanilla, sage, chocolate, pencil shavings, a touch of smoke in the background.
Mouth: Dry, medium plus acidity, medium silky tannins, creamy rich full body, high alcohol, medium plus flavor intensity, long finish. The ripe blue fruits persist along with the rich silky texture.
Observations: An opulent wine, but with lively acidity and silky tannins, retains a lively impression. Perfect with rich foods.

Reverse Seared Tri-Tip Steak with Duckhorn Merlot

We decided to pair our Duckhorn Merlot with a nice grilled Tri-Tip steak this year. We used Vindulge Tri-Tip recipe, substituting Merlot anywhere you see Zinfandel. Note: I recommend a less expensive Merlot for the reductions sauce. Save the Three Palms for your drinking pleasure!

Fellow Wine Pairing Weekend Writers Celebrate Merlot with Food
Take a look at our posts below, then join us in our 7th annual #MerlotMe #WinePW chat on twitter! We chat on Saturday morning, 10-11am CDT, just search on either of the above hashtags and you’re in. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Merlot!

Schedule a Visit to Duckhorn
On your next visit to Napa Valley, you might want to schedule a visit to Duckhorn Vineyards. They have a lovely spot to enjoy some winetasting, especially since outdoor tasting is still a great idea.

14 Responses to “Tri-Tip Steak and Duckhorn, a #MerlotMe Classic #WinePW”
  1. The nose on this sounds divine! Thank you for hosting this month!

  2. I’ve been thinking of grilling leeks ever since I read Peter Hoffmann’s “What’s Good”! A great video Jeff. And I’m loving the “Fire and Wine” cookbook + recipes from Vindulge!

  3. culinarycam says:

    I haven’t paired a Merlot with meat yet this month. You have me drooling over here. It’s on my list.

  4. Duckhorn has been such a wonderful supporter of #MerlotMe and #WinePW! Wonderful collection of pairings. Thanks for hosting!

  5. terristeffes says:

    This is my kind of meal and Duckhorn Merlot??? You hit the jackpot with this one. Yummy.

  6. robincgc says:

    I love the music you chose with your video! It really gave me the relaxed feeling of your time at the lake! That reverse sear technique is one I will need to try! I saw Martin used a smoker for the first part. As I don’t have a smoker, I was happy to see another option for getting the same results!

  7. Getting hungry just looking at that video! Now I can’t wait to open my Duckhorn wine.

  8. The lake looks incredible. Growing up , I had a summer home that was a log cabin on the lake, and it holds so many fond memories! The video is great. Leeks, tri-tip on the grill and 3 Palms. Perfect!

  9. David says:

    That bottle from Duckhorn is definitely a classic! Thanks for hosting again.

  10. So many great recipes over the #MerlotMe years to try with so many Merlots. Thanks for hosting yet another #MerlotMe! Cheers!!

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