Cabernet Sauvignon Quick Facts
Nickname . . . “Cab”
Other Names . . . Bouchet, Bouche, Petit-Bouchet, Petit-Cabernet, Petit-Vidure, Vidure or Sauvignon Rouge
Grape . . . Cabernet Sauvignon
Where It’s Grown . . . France (Bordeaux), Italy (Tuscany), California in the United States (Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Cruz Mountains) and Australia
Color . . . Dark ruby red to a dark purple
Serving Temperature . . . Just below room temperature at anywhere between 62° and 65° F
Storage Temperature . . . Chill at around 55° F
Wine Glass . . . A typical Cab glass will have a medium bowl shape with a medium-sized opening at the top that’s just slightly smaller than the bowl. Here’s an example.
Best Used By . . . Drink within ten years of the vintage date on the bottle.
Tastes to Expect . . . Vegetables such as bell peppers and asparagus. Mint, black pepper, jam and eucalyptus.
Pairing . . . Pairs well with red meats. Strong-flavored and fatty meats, like lamb, can pair really well with Cabernet Sauvignon.
How to Pronounce Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon Fun Facts
Cab is known as the king of red wines, as it’s the most popular red wine in the world.
DNA testing in 1996 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are an offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. These two grapes were crossed sometime in the 1600s, eventually leading to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape we know today.
Because of the high demand for Cabernet Sauvignon, it can be one of the more expensive wines at your local shop.
In 2008, six bottles of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $500,000, or about $83,000 per bottle. Read more