A relatively new grape from Oregon, Merlot grows in the southern part of the state where the climate remains a little warmer during the growing season. Merlot gives this recipe earthy tones that makes for a great autumn entrée. Adding bacon to the lentils would bring out the Merlot—a delicious match with smoked meats of any kind. More Pork Roast Recipes
The lentils can be cooked up to 4 hours ahead. Reheat before serving.
Eola Hills Wine Cellars Reserve Applegate Valley Merlot is a smooth, soft and polished wine from vineyards primarily in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon. Its ripe boysenberry flavor, balanced by herbal and spice components typical of Merlots from the area, is a good foil for the lentils and spices.