Cabernet Sauvignon

Called the king of grapes, Cab-Sauv (as it is commonly known because we are too lazy to pronounce all of it!), is the most well-known red wine grape variety.

It is also one of the most tannic grape varieties and has great ageing potential, both in oak barrels and bottles.

Cabernet Sauvignon Cheat Sheet

Often used in blends around the world, the most famous is the Bordeaux blend where it is blended along with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Italy and Spain blend them with their own reds of Sangiovese and Tempranillo, respectively, to elevate the structure of the wine and to add to its complexity

A relatively young grape, this variety was born when Cabernet Franc (a red wine grape) and Sauvignon Blanc (a white wine grape) accidentally crossed in the 17th century.

Easy to cultivate, with thick skins, Cab Sauv produces full-body, dark-coloured red wine with black fruits, cedar and green pepper flavours.

As with all wines, the region and winemaking affect the final flavours of the wine. So a Californian Cab Sauv will have hints of mint, while an Australian one will have flavours of chocolate and bay leaf.

The only way to figure out these nuanced flavours is to drink more!

Outside of France, which is its main growing area, Cabernet Sauvignon is widely planted in Chile, California (USA), South Africa and Australia. It is also an important grape variety in east Europe, Israel and Lebanon.It adapts to all climates but prefers warmer regions.

Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairing

Cab Sauv with its high tannin levels can be a bit overwhelming without food. With correct pairing, the flavours of the wine and the food get enhanced, ensuring a wholesome gastronomic experience!

Since the wine itself is bold, light food such as pasta or food with subtle flavours will not pair well with it. However, do try a cabernet sauvignon with meats, mushrooms, grilled food, dishes with heavy flavourful sauces or semi-hard cheese. Here are my suggested pairings:

1. Tofu with chilli soy sauce, sesame seeds and peppers. The texture of tofu and the flavour sauce with pair well with a bold Cab.
2. Grilled ribs/meat with Balsamic glaze and mashed potatoes and peppers on the side. The meat will complement the body of the wine, while the potatoes and peppers will balance the overall flavour.
3. Cheddar cheese.
4. Veggie Burger or Cheeseburger.

I’ve tried to include a vegetarian dish, a meat dish, a cheese and a fun food! Comment to let me know if your food preference is not listed!

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