Getting to Know Cabernet Sauvignon

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Getting to Know Cabernet Sauvignon 1

Since we are celebrating International Cabernet Sauvignon Day today, I figured we should get acquainted with this popular grape!

  • This grape is a hybrid created from genetically crossing Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
  • Referred to as a “Noble Grape” — the varietals that consistently produce the best wines.
  • One of the most well-known types of wine, often referred to as “Cab.“
  • Grows all over the world but most commonly found in Napa Valley, California; Bordeaux, France (left bank); Maipo Valley, Chile; Coonawarra, Australia; and Mendoza, Argentina.
  • When you drink it your tongue feels fuzzy. This is due to the tannins, a naturally occurring compound that exists inside grape skins, seeds and stems.
  • The price range of this wine varies incredibly, from $2.99 at Trader Joe’s to a 1992 Screaming Eagle for $500,000.

Would you be interested in trying some Cabernet Sauvignon pairings? Here are some that we’ve sampled for WineAndCheeseFriday:

Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon and Brie

Vintage Press Cabernet Sauvignon and Smoked Gouda

Hart’s Desire Cabernet Sauvignon and Goat Cheese Medallions

White Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon and 1000 day Gouda

Winery SF Cabernet Sauvignon, Grafton 2yr Cheddar and Dark Chocolate

Sol Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon and Chocolate Cake

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon and Hacienda Zuleta cheese

Opera Prima Cabernet Sauvignon and Tico Cheese

Undurraga Rosé and Campestre Goat Cheese

We hope this entry helped you learn something new about Cabernet Sauvignon. Happy International Cabernet Sauvignon Day from WineAndCheeseFriday!

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