3rd Annual Cabernet Day

Happy Cabernet Day everyone!  I hope you’re engaging in your fair share or Cabernet’s (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, or a Cabernet blend of sorts) or making it your sole choice of wine today.  Nonetheless, in celebration of World Cabernet Day, we thought we’d list some interesting facts about the grape.

Cabernet Facts

– Cabernet Sauvignon is most known for or as three things:

1. The king of red wine: due to it’s ‘grow everywhere and prosper’ attitude

2. It’s bell pepper taste: this one, to me, is not always the case, as different spices are more notable depending on the processing

3. It’s affinity to oak: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are small and thick skinned and sometimes seeds and vines remain in the mixture.  To calm or temper depth of tastes coming from seeds, vines and thick grape skins (tannins), the wine is set in oak barrels for a length of time and aged to lessen the impact of the additives and of course tannins. Depending on the makeup of the oak barrel used in the aging process, it can also produce some intriguing flavours that remind you of a smokey sense, or vanilla, or even chocolate feel.

– The Cabernet grape is one of the easiest to grow, world-wide, and as a result, depending on the country and region your Cabernet Sauvignon comes from, your experience will differ wildly. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is able to grow so vastly, largely due to its strong vines and resistance to mold, rot and frost.

– The word ‘Sauvignon’ comes from the French word meaning ‘savage’. I can only assume the name fitting because of this grapes ability to go anywhere and multiply wildly.

– According to DNA tests done in 1996, Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a wild crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, in France, during the 17th Century.

– The Cabernet grape (Sauvignon/Franc) is known to adorn some of the world’s best Bourdeaux wines.

We’ve got several Canadian Cabernet based wines on our list today.  Drop us a line and let us know what’s in your wine glass this Cabernet Day!