MERITAGE - WHAT IS IT?
The word Meritage is a trademarked term of the Meritage Alliance. The term is used to describe a category of Bordeaux-style wines produced under license from the Alliance. A red Meritage must be a blend of at least two of the so-called "noble" grape varieties. These are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Carménère, with no varietal comprising more than 90% of the blend. A white Meritage must be a blend of at least two of the following varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, or Muscadelle du Bordelais (aka Sauvignon Vert). No more than 90% of the blend can consist of a single varietal. For more information go to the Meritage Alliance website or to Wikipedia.
MERITAGE - HOW SHOULD IT BE PRONOUNCED?
Meritage is an invented word, formed by combining the word merit with the word heritage. It is pronounced like HERITAGE. When you hear someone refer to it as mer-uh-tahzh (sounds like sabotage) using their best imitation French accent, you should politely admonish them in such as way as to not embarrass them unduly. They will thank you.