It will pair beautifully with steak, pizza, pasta lasagna, salmon, duck, shephard’s pie, beef stew, pork chops, roast chicken, flat iron steaks, meatloaf, burgers. It’s versatile, very food friendly and easy to pair. It’s also a great red wine to cook with because it’s flavorful but has moderate tannins. Add merlot to slow-cooking stews or tomato sauces. Use it for pan sauces for seared lamb, chicken, duck, or beef. Cheers!