As you probably know, wines are generally named for the grapes that are used to make them. This is especially true of varietals. Varietals are wines that are made with a single variety of grapes. Some of the most popular varietals are Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Cabernet is another varietal that is intensely popular all over the world. When people talk about this drink, they are usually referring to a varietal that is made from black Sauvignon grapes. These grapes are grown all over the world and are known for being easy to cultivate because they have thick skins and robust vines. The beverage made from these grapes is one of the most popular red wines. By choosing a great bottle of this popular drink, you can add just the right touch to a romantic dinner or special event.
Affectionately nicknamed by wine drinkers as a “Cab,” this drink is often considered to be the “King” of wines because of its versatility. With the Cab’s full-bodied flavor, many people describe it as having hints of blackberries, mocha, eucalyptus, black currant, mint, or cedar. All of these flavors come together to create a taste that is unique and interesting. It also has strong tannins, or acidity.
All of these flavor characteristics help it to better complement certain foods. If you have done a good job pairing food and drink, the flavors of both should be enhanced. Generally, it is recommended that people pair red meats and highly flavorful foods with red wines, and white meats with white wines.
If you are looking for a good Cab, one of its defining characteristics is that it gets better with age. While there are some wines that are meant to drink within a year or two because they are well-balanced from the very beginning, some of the best varieties require between five and ten years to reach their peak flavor. There are also certain years when certain characteristics of the wine making process went more smoothly. Generally, you will pay more for certain vintages because the Cab from those years is best and because it has aged the right amount of time to mellow and reach its peak flavor.
One of the most important steps, when it comes to serving Cabernet is to make sure to let it breathe. When you let wines breathe, the oxygen combines with the drink and mellows the flavor. It is generally recommended that you allow them to breathe for between 15 minutes and an entire hour, depending on the vintage and the type of drink.
Another important step is to serve them at the correct temperature. The perfect temperature will depend on how much alcohol, tannin, and fruit it contains. Generally, Cab is best when it is served between about 63 and 68 degrees – slightly cooler than room temperature, but not straight out of the refrigerator. It is recommended that you store your Cab at about 55 degrees; if you have done this, then it is a good idea to leave it out for an hour or two before serving so that it can acclimate to the right temperature.
By choosing a high quality Cab, pairing it well with food, and serving it right, you will have the opportunity to enjoy your drink at its optimum flavor.