In 2009, a few bloggers got together to taste some Cabernet. Since it didn’t happen if you don’t tweet about it, they did that as well. Fast forward to 2015 #CabernetDay is a global celebration of the grapes occurring every year on the Thursday before Labor Day. Labor Day usually signals the end of summer, so people are starting to transition their foods and drinks to something a bit more autumn-like. Cabernet (Franc & Sauvignon) are they types of reds that you want to drink when there is a little chill in the air. Let’s talk a bit about these grapes so you can understand all the fun we’re having today.
Cabernet Franc: Originating from Basque country in the western Pyrenees, actually predates Cabernet Sauvignon. Leafy in green in aroma, Cabernet Franc is a lighter, softer red grape. Aromas range from fruits like raspberry and cassis, to violets to green pepper and if aged in oak, tobacco. A smooth mouthfeel with soft tannins. In the past this grape had been used as a blending grape but is now starting to be found as a single varietal.
Regions of note producing Cabernet Franc:
- France – Bordeaux (St Emilion & Pomerol), Loire Valley (Anjou, Chinon, Bourgeuil)
- USA -- California (Napa, Sonoma), Virginia, Colorado
Cabernet Sauvignon: The love child of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted red grape in the world. Full-bodied with high tannins and gripping acidity, Cabernet Sauvignon benefits from warmer growing regions so the grape can fully ripen. Ripe Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of jammy dark fruits, black currant, plum and black cherries. Oak fermentation and aging lends to flavors of tobacco, cedar and cigar box. This is a wine that benefits from aging, most of what you see on shelves has spent a couple of years aging in the barrel before it is ever bottled and shipped.
Regions of note producing Cabernet Sauvignon:
- France – Bordeaux (Medoc, Graves), Languedoc
- USA – California (Napa, Sonoma), Washington State
- Australia – Barossa Valley, Margaret River
- South America – Chile (Maipo Valley, Aconcaqua)
- South Africa – Stellenbosch
Hope this gives you a bit of insight into these grapes, there is still time to join us today!! To participate, share your favorite wines using the hashtag #CabernetDay, or follow hashtag to discover something new!
~~ Did you go out and buy something for #CabernetDay? Tweet me a pic or tell me what you're drinking in the comments!