A staple in wineries all around the world, Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that might be best acknowledged as America's favorite wine grape. Known for thriving in temperate climates, it famously originated in southwestern France before finding its home in Bordeaux. Bordeaux France is a wine grape mecca, with Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon being its crown jewel. Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon is almost always blended with Merlot and depending on the area, various portions of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenere.
Its medium acidity and high tannins lend to a full-bodied and dark colored wine that grows more complex the longer it ages. Some of the Bordeaux wine using Cabernet Sauvignon as a base (such as Bordeaux blend) have become powerhouses in the world of wine, along with other locations such as Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, and Australia flourishing as high quality wineries.
Cabernet wine is famously dry from its high tannins, with a rich dark red color. It has a bold full-bodied flavor and some of the more common notes include cassis, tobacco, cedar, black cherry, plum and dark fruits. The grape varietal is from a combination of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc with a little Petit Verdot.
Some of the perfect food pairings with a Cabernet Sauvignon include rich grilled meats like steak and lamb, along with dishes that contain a lot of flavor. Its high tannins and dark fruit flavors along with dry rich body makes it a good counterpart to a dense protein.