Your Guide to the King: Cabernet Sauvignon

Ever since Prince William got together with Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry popped cabthe question to Meghan Markle, there has been renewed affection for British royalty.

It’s part of a cycle that has seen the British throne both revered and reviled through the centuries, depending on the personalities.

But when it comes to royalty in the world of wine, there always has been and probably always will be only one king: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Here are five reasons why:

  1. It can be grown successfully in both warm and somewhat cool climates, as demonstrated by the great renditions from California’s Napa Valley (warm) and France’s Bordeaux appellation (cool).
  2. It can be made in a variety of styles. While we most often think of Cabernet as “big and bold,” requiring a certain amount of aging to reveal itself, it also can be crafted for immediate enjoyment. When blended with Merlot and/or other red varieties, it even could be described as “smooth.”
  3. Wine drinkers can choose between Old World and New World renditions. Old World Cabernet Sauvignon, like that from France, tends to be more subtle and savory. New World Cabernet tends to offer an impression of sweet fruit.
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon reacts extremely well to aging in oak barrels. The oak may add nuances of vanilla, spice and smoke to the fruit flavors, enhancing the overall complexity.
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon can be a tremendous companion to food. Because of its tannin structure, Cabernet is not an extremely versatile food-pairing partner, but when it comes to grilled or roasted meats, it’s tough to beat. It also pairs nicely with aged Gouda, aged cheddar and firm blue cheeses.

All hail Cabernet Sauvignon — the king of wine!

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