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Key grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon

The number one.

The big dog.

The most planted grape in the world.

And it’s only 400 years old!

What’s there to not like about Cabernet Sauvignon? A consistent producer, built for hot weather (of which there is more and more in the world), and great with the big foods we like in America. Can life get better than a gourmet cheeseburger and an awesome bottle of Cab? I think not.

Links for Cabernet learning

Great general info on the grape: 1, 2, 3.

The discovery of the parentage of Cabernet Sauvignon didn’t occur until 1996. Here’s the story of the discovery.

Napa Valley is ground zero for the big time Cabernets of California. The Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976 is what really propelled them to stardom, but the history of Napa Valley and Cabernet goes much further back indeed.

Just over the county border, in Sonoma County, Alexander Valley is the home of one of our favorite wineries for bang for the buck Cabs.

The rise of “Cult Cabernet” has occurred in the last 20 years … if you’ve got the money maybe you want to try one? Or do they actually make no sense?

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile may be one of the bargains of the wine universe.

Washington State makes dynamic Cab-based wines, often blended with Merlot and Syrah. One of my favorite wine regions is the Walla Walla Valley, which offers the wine lover a TON of wine tourism without the crowds.