Cabernet Sauvignon beloved around the world
TV chef and cookbook author David Rosengarten has rightly described California’s Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the world’s iconic wines. The “Cab” is a classic red wine that goes well with duck, red cabbage, slightly bitter vegetables or practically any red meat. Its blackcurrant notes and famous tannins allow it to work especially well with venison, lamb or the richer cuts of beef. To get the true flavor of the wine, it should be served at 14 to 16 degrees centigrade (57 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Try it with something rich and buttery to appreciate the fruitiness.
Cabernet Sauvignon was born in France, from the Cabernet franc and Sauvignon blanc varieties. The hardiness of the vines and the versatility and consistency of the wine have made the Cab one of the most popular wines in the world, grown everywhere that grapes will grow. It was the most widely planted premium red wine grape in the world for most of the 20th century. This wine is perfect for a wedding or anniversary celebration, an upscale cookout or any occasion when roast beef or lamb is being served, although you may want to dial back the seasonings so as to better appreciate the wine.
The history of the California Cab
First introduced to California’s wine-growing regions in the 1870s, this rugged yet refined wine grape with its distinctive range of bouquets made a good marriage with American oak. The sun and gently climate of the Napa Valley allowed the grape to reach its full potential. A hundred years after being brought to California, the California Cabernet truly came into its own when an American Cab beat out French Bordeaux wines in a blind taste test in France. In the ‘80s, the vines were grafted onto American rootstock to protect them from phylloxera, which led to a much more sugary grape and a wine with higher alcohol content.
A high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon near St. Helena, CA
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, just a short drive from downtown St. Helena, produces world-class wines at affordable prices, including a celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon with distinct licorice notes. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate praises the 2012 vintage for its “terrific purity, plenty of depth and ripeness, and a full-bodied mouthfeel” and describes the 2010 Cab as “an elegant, finesse-styled effort to enjoy over the next decade.”
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide. Wine club members save $25 buying the 2013 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon online. If you’re looking for a good wine to serve at a special occasion, order a bottle today.