This Thursday, celebrate Cabernet!

August 31 marks Cabernet’s day worldwide. You probably tried it many times and also have a bottle in your wine collection, but how much do you know about “the king of red wine”?

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine with a distinguished and solid reputation. The variety is originally from the hills Bordeaux, France. It grows well not only in France, but also in other countries, such as Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Georgia, Greece, Chile, California, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Wines produced from this variety express vigor, virility, and strength. Cab Sauvignon is often combined with Merlot or Cabernet Franc.

This variety’s grapes grow best in relatively warm temperatures. Grapes are very dark, small, with thick skin and little pulp. The wine has shiny shades of ruby, with aromas of blackcurrant and spices, complemented by fine tannins and with a firm finish. Open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for red meat, pork, wild boar dishes, cheeses, forest fruits, and dark chocolate!

Best to drink after 2-4 years of maturation in bottle. In its youth, this wine is astringent, but with time it produces marvelous aromas.

Serving temperature: 60-65 F, or 15-18 C.

Cabernet Franc

Cab Franc is a red wine also originating in France and is Cab Sauvignon’s parent. It also grows well in north-eastern Italy and in California. Best Cabernet Franc wines are produced in warmer years, resulting in violet and iris-like and mineral aromas.

The grapes are resistant, creating elegant wines, with a great potential for maturation. This wine has fresh, fruity and ripe aromas, such as raspberry, cranberry, ripe cherries.

It spends 1-2 years in barrel and 1-2 years in bottle.

Try food pairings such as roast chicken, fish dishes, mushrooms, and cheeses. Serving temperature: 60 F/16 C.

Happy International Day of Cabernet – celebrated this year on August 31.

References:
“The wine bible,” Karen Macneil.

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