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What is cabernet sauvignon?

An accidental cross-breeding between two grape varieties in southwestern France in the 17th century led to the birth of this popular grape type known as cabernet sauvignon. These wines have a deep color, a stable tannin structure and moderate acidity. The healthy tannin level in this red wine means it evolves to obtain a full-bodied, rich flavor when aged in oak barrels. Cabernet sauvignon is ideal for drinking with food, as it may feel sharper if you choose to sip it by itself. Winemakers blend this grape type with other grapes, such as merlot, to make world-famous wines like the Bordeaux blend.

What is its flavor profile?

Cabernet sauvignon is a dark red wine with a full body and alcohol content over 13.5%, with certain varieties featuring alcohol content over 15%. Wine connoisseurs can discern the taste of green peppers in this wine, along with dark spices and fruits such as cherries. There's a slight note of vanilla stemming from the process of aging this dark fruit wine in oak casks.

With what foods should you pair it?

This full-bodied red wine is a great accompaniment to different types of foods. Its deep flavor complements rich, meaty dishes, including fillet steak with foie grass and truffles or beef wellington with roasted veggies. The proteins break down the tannins in this wine, while the acidity of the wine cuts through the fatty richness, balancing the palate. Pepper-based sauces and boldly flavored dishes elevate the spicy notes of this wine.

Serving cabernet sauvignon

To serve younger cabernet sauvignon wines that are between 1 and 4 years old, allow them to aerate before drinking, and let them sit for 15 to 30 minutes after pouring into a glass. This releases the aromas from the wine and improves its flavor and texture. For an aged variety, there's no need to aerate the wine for long, as the aging process already lends it a refined flavor.

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