5 Fun Facts About… Cabernet Sauvignon

October 23rd, 2012

Cab is “king of the red wine grapes.  The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows.”  – Snooth.com

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties and is grown in nearly every major wine producing country in the world. Most Temecula Valley wineries are proud to produce several Cabernet options from single varietals to limited reserve bottles to popular Cab blends.

Cabernet grapes, Renzoni Vineyards

Here are five facts about the world’s most popular red wine: 

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia & Snooth
    1. Despite its prominence in the industry, the grape is a relatively new variety. It’s the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France, most likely in the Bordeaux region.  These origins were a mystery until recent DNA testing.
    2. The 1976 “Judgment of Paris” was a famous blind wine tasting event where esteemed wine experts unknowingly chose a California Cabernet over several French producers, thus catapulting New World Cabs onto the international stage.
    3. For most of the 20th century, Cabernet was the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s.
    4. Cabernet Sauvignon makes equal appearances as a single varietal and in blends such as Bordeaux (French), Meritage (American), and Super Tuscan (Italian.)
    5. France and California are the well known as ideal places to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. But the grape is grown around the world including Italy, South America, Australia, Washington and Oregon, as well as other regions.


Flavor notes:

Each stage in this ubiquitous grape’s aging process differs wildly from the next. While young Cabernet notes can include black cherries and plums, a mature one might embody the flavors of cedar, cigar boxes, and pencil shavings. An unripe Cabernet Sauvignon tastes herblike – think green bell peppers, with hints of mint and eucalyptus – while an overripe version tastes like jam.  Best pairings include roast lamb, short ribs, a cheeseburger and other rich meaty dishes.


Eager to buy a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon in Temecula Valley?  Check out these delicious selections for fall!


Temecula cabernet & vineyards, courtesy of TheModChik


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