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Red Blends
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It can be tough to talk about red wine if you aren't familiar with all the vintages and terminology. There's so many varieties, and vintages, and then there's the tannins, which makes it difficult to chat about red wine without sounding foolish. The best place to start identifying which wine you like is enjoying the wine and drinking it! But sometimes you need assistance figuring out which red wine you like. Here's a few of the major types of red wine you'll see.

It's a good idea to find out how they taste, and which foods you should taste them with.

Cabernet Sauvignon: This is the most planted grape in the world. It's safe, yet sophisticated. It's something which will please the group. California cabs are known to be fruitier, while French cabs are known to be more herbal/oaky. Bottom line, the region can impact how it tastes!

You should drink it with any meat, especially if its rich/fatty. Cabernets are great to drink with burger, short ribs, lamb, etc. RICH MEAT!

Merlot: This is the second most planted grape in the world, and it's a good beginner grape for someone trying out red wine. This is easy to drink, it's fruity, yummy, and you won't worry about tannins etc. It's good to drink with poultry.

Zinfandel: This is a great drink, and very "friendly." It's an interesting wine because the taste can vary based on where its grown. It's nice, juicy, and high in alcohol content. It can be spicy. It's good to drink with pork, pizza, and pasta. It's a light win, but juicy and acidic.

Syrah: This is a fun fine to sip. It can be peppery, spicy, and has the flavor of rich fruits. This is a great one to drink when you're reading a book. It's recommended you drink it with a charcuterie plate.

Malbec: This is a French grape, but now most of the world's Malbec wine is made in Argentina. It's easy to drink, with a deep purple color, and an overall great entry point to the red wine world.

Pinot Noir: This is among the lightest of the wines. It won't punch you in the face. It has a light body. It's great with spicy foods, sushi, or salmon.

Sangiovese: This is the biggest red grape in the country of Italy, and hails from Tuscany. It's a wine which is acidic, yet has tannins. You could taste soil, pepper, tobacco, and more. There's a lot going on in this red wine, and it's great with pizza/pasta.

Nebbiolo: This has a lot of tannins, and has tons of acid. It's a tricky wine, because it has a light color, but it has intense flavors. It's grown in Northern Italy. The wine gets more flavors as it ages. You should save it for special occassions. It's great with fatty meats.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon: Diverse Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon is the biggest, and most well known red wine grape. Many wine professionals agree that Cabernet Sauvignon wins the popularity contest when it comes to most well known red wine grape. Most people have savored the flavor of this robust red grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon | Popular Red Wine

Cabernet is one of the most popular wines. It's popular because it's literally able to grow in virtually any area of the world. The only places it can't grow are the places where its too hot or far too cold. In extreme areas the flavors might be bad because it's too hot, or the grapes don't ripen. This is a flexible grape, and because it can grow in so many climates - it's got a lot of diversity to its flavor profile.

For example, in California, it's fruity and very pleasurable to drink. It's a full bodied wine, with soft tannins. In France, it's highly concentrated.
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Questions

We're sure you have questions about Cabernet Sauvignon, hopefully we can answer them and teach you a few things about this amazing red wine.

This is one of the world's most well known, respected, and trusted, wine grape variety. The grape is a cross between the Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc. In other words, this is a hybrid grape. It was hybridized back in the 1600's in the southwestern part of France.

The Cabernet Sauvignon grape has thick, black skins. The grape buds late, and produces low yields usually. It grows in nearly every wine producing area of the world. For examples, regions as North as Washington State, USA produce it, and regions as south as Yarra Valley in Southern Australia produce it.

There are many regions where Cabernet Sauvignon can grow. When it comes to the "Old World," Bordeaux is the most renowned region for Cabernet Sauvignon. Tuscany has become a big player in the Old World - ever since the creation of the Super Tuscan variety. When it comes to the New World, California(specifically Napa Valley), has played a huge role in the grape gaining popularity.

Merlot and Cabernet Savuignon are two of the most popular red wines. Many people don't know what makes each of them unique, or why someone might prefer one to the other. We're here to help you understand. These are both AMAZING wines, that go great with foods, especially meat. But each wine has its own characteristics. Many artisans blend them together - i.e. Bordeaux, because when combined together their individual traits support the other.

Background

Both grapes were born in Bordeaux, and have come to dominate the wine region. Depending on where you live relative to the Gironde river, you're more likely to grow Cabernet or Merlot. When grapes first began to grow, people on the left bank of the river felt their land was better for Cabernet, so it became the dominant grape. As a result, Bordeaux blends from the "left bank" became to have Cabernet as their dominant group. The vintners on the right back felt their land was better for Merlot, so they grew more of that grape, and that became the dominant grape in their Bordeaux formulations.

Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon

Tastes like Black Currant, Anise, Tobacco Leaf, Plum, and more. It's the O.G. of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon | Bordeaux, France

This is where you'll find the most savory, and delightful grapes. You won't find "simple" cabs. You'll find cabs that are blended in the Bordeaux blend style. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes do best in the gravelly soils of Bordeaux. So if you want a Cab Sauv dominant wine, you want to look at the sub-regions of Medoc, Graves, and the areas within Cotes de Bourg and Blaye.

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Tastes like Black Currant, Blackberry, Tobacco, and more.

Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley

Napa Valley is part of the California North Coast. The North Coast AVA, includes Napa, Sonoma, and some lesser-known regions. This area became known as Cabernet "land," in 1976. This is an amazing area that produces some of the best Cabs in the world. No liquor store has every single Napa Valley Cab, but most carry some of the more premier and well known brands. Like most things in life, you can spend as much money as you want on Napa Valley cabernets. It doesn't mean you need to spend聽ridiculous amounts of money to get value and excellence.

At the end of the day, it's all about what聽you're looking for.

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Chile Cabernet Sauvignon

Tastes like Blackberry, Black Cherry, Fig, Spices, Peppercorn.

Cabernet Sauvignon | Chile

Chile has some of the best Cabs. They offer some of the best value for HIGH QUALITY CABS!!!! Chile exports a lot of wine from the Central Vile. The best Cabs from Chile come from Aconcagua, Maipo, Cachopoal, and Colchagua.

Maipo Valley is between the cooling Pacific Ocean breezes, and the hot inland, Andes Mountain. It means this is one of the most ideal climates for Cabs. You'll find awesome Maipo wines from the Alto Maipo region.

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