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Interesting Facts about Cabernet Sauvignon

By January 3, 2017 March 4th, 2019 No Comments

Who doesn’t love a good Cabernet Sauvignon? Gooseneck Cabernet is a timeless classic for any occasion. Full bodied and graceful, with soft layering notes of strawberries and ripe blackberries, it finishes with a silky mouth feel. But this well-known varietal has an interesting history.

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Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape in the world

Cabernet Sauvignon is not just Napa’s most planted grape variety. In 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon’s acreage had overtaken that of the Spanish variety Airén, the #1 planted grape for many years before. That’s great news for Cab lovers!

Cabernet Sauvignon is a half-sibling of Merlot

If you’ve ever had trouble differentiating between a glass of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, don’t feel bad. Since the two are closely related, it is very difficult to tell the difference.

Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly popular in China

The Chinese have a penchant for red wine; it was recently reported that China is the largest consumer of red wine on earth. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapes in China and the chateaus go to painstaking efforts to produce wine.

There’s a reason why Cab tastes great with steak…

Researchers studying the effects of certain foods on the tongue found that the tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon act as “scrapers” to fats and proteins that collect on your tongue from the food you eat. Steak has higher levels of proteins and fats and thus needs a wine with higher tannin.

Cabernet has its own official holiday

The first official #CabernetDay started in 2010 when marketing guru, Rick Bakas gathered a group of wineries in Napa to promote it on social media the Thursday before Labor Day.

 

 

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