Yesterday was the 2nd annual #Cabernet Day, virtual wine tasting event + some live events hosted in a few cities. While I typically wouldn’t be drinking red wine yet (I like reds when its cold outside and/or I’m eating Italian), I jumped on the bandwagon, got out a few Cabs from my wine rack and settled in for the virtual Tweeting event.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine grape that became famous in Bordeaux.
- It grows well in any climate that isn’t too cool.
- While California is another important region for this grape, it is grown all around the world and considered one of the six International Varietals.
- Maintains its varietal identity no matter where its grown.
- Cabernet Sauvignon’s parents are Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
- Its flavor and aroma can be described as being reminiscent of blackcurrants or cassis.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is high in tannin so it is often blended with other grapes.
- Grapes are very tough with thick skins which resist disease.
- 1 grape cluster = 1 glass 75 grapes = 1 cluster 4 clusters = 1 bottle (that applies to any grape).
- Arrogant Frog 2010 Cabernet Sauvginon-Merlot Lily Pad Red:
- from Languedoc in South of France between Mediterranean Sea and the Herault Valley
- 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot
- Aroma: cassis, jammy, spice
- Taste: smokey plum jam taste, smooth tannins, soft fruit finish, sweet vanilla linger
- My thoughts: nice drinkable wine with or without food; I discovered this brand when living in Amsterdam and LOVED it…very fun and so excited to find it in the U.S.!
- Breaux Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve:
- from Purcellville, Virginia
- 100% Cabernet Franc
- Aroma: dark cherry, mint
- Taste: roasted cherries, nuts, chocolate and a lot of caramel
- My thoughts: complex special wine I think best drank on its own to enjoy the levels of flavor, perfect for a cold night by the fire, and as my husband said when he tasted it “what the hell, yum, WOW!”
You can keep the Cabernet conversation going this month with Snooth’s Global Tasting Initiative.