Most of my coffee is utilitarian in nature, as I'm an office worker (granted, one who gets to buy and try weird coffee beans). And, yes, here's the requisite Sideways reference: Paul Giamatti and I differ in that he's anti-Merlot, while I'm apathetic. I'll drink it if it's what's there, but I'd opt for a Tempranillio, given my red wine druthers.
Now that you've got my full coffee and wine preferences spelled out: the Merlot-infused coffee tastes better than expected. While bursting with fruity grapeness in smell, the flavor comes out more subtly. In fact, the berry infusion neutralizes the bitterness that non-coffee fans often cite as the reason for not drinking coffee. Oh, and no, it doesn't contain alcohol. So no pulling a fast one on your boss. You'll just have to stick to Irish coffee like the rest of the world.
Overall, Merlot Infused Coffee tastes smooth, but makes you feel like you're inhaling perfume while sipping. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a wine-infused coffee, but it could certainly make a unique gift for the wine-lover in your circle, and if nothing else, it's worth a shot as a conversation point for a dinner party.
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He'll stick to keeping his wine and coffee separate. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.