Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines (July 2017)
Do you really know the King? A look at Cabernet Sauvignon from around the world.
There’s a reason they call it the king of grapes. Almost everyone who has had even the most fleeting brush with wine knows it by name. With the exception of tomato Italian fare, Cabernet Sauvignon pairs with nearly every dish loved by Americans—from burgers to haute cuisine. It is overwhelmingly represented on wine lists from steakhouses to French restaurants.
And you’ll always find it among the assortment of bottles crowded on the kitchen countertop at every neighborhood party. It’s pretty much every red wine lover’s go-to grape.
So you think you know Cabernet Sauvignon. When people ask me to recommend a Cab, they often look at me askance when I ask if they’d like to try one from Italy. People know the Cabs from Bordeaux and Napa, as well as the California value brands. But even with a grape this popular, surprisingly few venture beyond the well-known regions. This reticence allows you to take advantage of wine’s golden rule: Unpopular wines, no matter how good, are linked to popular prices.
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