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What is Cab?

PeterWhieldon.co.uk - What is the wine Cab?Firstly, there is no such wine as Cab.  What ‘Cab’ refers to is Carbernet, and in particular; Cabernet Sauvignon, which is one of the world’s most widely recognised red wine grape varieties.

It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country and is known for its full bodied, rich taste.

Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it was, and still is, blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet grape quickly spread across Europe and the rest of the world to such places as Santa Cruz, Napa Valley, Hawkes Bay (New Zealand) and the Maipo Valley in Chile.

It becaome the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape until the mid 90’s when it was surpassed by Merlot. In 2015, Cabernet Sauvignon was the most widely planted wine grape.

But just one thing…  Don’t call it Cab!

A cab is a vehicle you flag down when you need to get to the pub! If you want to order a ‘Cabernet’, please use the full words…  Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced Cab-er-nay – saw-vee-nyonh).

Finally… if you the the Cabernet taste there are also a number of other wines that are made with Cabernet grape.  Bordeaux is a French wine region that is well known for using Cabernet Sauvignon alongside other red grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc to make other full-bodied wines. In California, these blends are often referred to as Meritage.

Regards
Daniel

 

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