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10 Things About Cabernet Sauvignon You Didn’t Know

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There is no doubt that Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most talked about grape varieties when it comes to red wines. This strain which comes from the French city of Bordeaux in the 17th century is the result of the crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, hence its name. But there is so much more to the delicious grape, read more about it here: 

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon was the world’s most cultivated variety until the 1990s when the Merlot took over.
  2. It grows very well in very different climates. It’s so noble that it has expanded non-stop throughout the rest of Europe and in the considered countries of the New World (United States, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia).
  3. Wineries in the Napa Valley in California pay more for these grapes than for other varieties in the area. This being very ironic because it’s one of the most produced there, without diminishing its value and price.
  4. It’s the most cultivated grape in Chile. The cold breezes of the Pacific Ocean and the induction effect of the Andes result in wines that are very similar to the reds of Bordeaux. Even French wineries have invested in the region because of its potential.
  5. The red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon have a lot of body, structure and strong tannins, so it is ideal to pair it with grilled red meats, rabbit, wild boar, lamb and stews, among others.
  6. The whole world loves this variety and China is no exception. Recently a report was released that stated that the Chinese are the biggest consumers of red wine in the world and the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapes in this country.
  7. In the United States, it has its own official day: the Thursday before Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday of September.
  8. Other names that it’s known for are Vidure, Petit Vidure, Petit Cabernet.
  9. It’s the grape variety that has more reviews in the database of Wine Spectator’s, about 24,000 tasting notes dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon.
  10. It’s said that the word “Sauvignon” comes from the French “sauvage”, which translates as “wild”, and currently suggests that it was a grape so noble that it grew wild and free in France.

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Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2014

 

 

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Sassicaia 2012

The red wine that will help you lose weight

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On many other occasions we talked about some of the benefits of wine for health, referring to cardiovascular diseases, as an anti-ageing factor… But so far we haven’t had news of its possible influence as accelerator of weight loss, something that would be added to a long list of good reasons to drink wine, always in moderation.

According to a recent study by Oregon State University, a specific type of red wine slows the growth of fat cells in the liver, a finding that would indicate, once all relevant testing is performed, that consumption of red grapes -fresh, in form of juice or fermented as wine- could help solving health problems related to obesity, especially hepatic steatosis, also known as “fatty liver” or FLD.

In particular, the compound responsible for this beneficial behaviour of some types of grape is the ellagic acid, also present in oak galls, in addition to several fruits (for example blackberries and raspberries) and nuts (walnuts, pecans…), green tea and oolong tea. This polyphenol is found in grape varieties such as Red Muscadine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, etc., and ageing in oak barrels multiplies its presence in the wine resulting of its fermentation, so the more ageing, the better.

The study, conducted by biochemists and molecular biologists from the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU in collaboration with the Universities of Florida and Nebraska, concludes that ellagic acid improves fat accumulation in the liver and reduces the presence of blood sugar (in an experiment performed with laboratory mice overfed with a high fat diet).

This finding, if a similar behaviour in humans is confirmed, would prevent the occurrence of this type of liver fat, very common in people with obesity and diabetes, merely adding to a balanced diet and moderate exercise, the consumption of a small bunch of grapes daily, a glass of red wine, grape juice or its equivalent in other foods with presence of ellagic acid, which is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic inflammation, cholesterol, free radicals and even some types of cancer.

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Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage and 13º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Catena Malbec 2012 is the maker of this Catena Malbec 2012, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2012 vintage and 14º of alcohol.

 

Saint-Julien, art in Bordeaux

 TAGS:Art in Bordeaux, this is what the wines of Saint-Julien are: interesting and different, unique pieces that proves us that no part of the preparation process has been taken lightly. Everything has a meaning, and, as with art, not always well understood. It is sometimes misinterpreted, but it often drives crazy with its greatness.

But let’s leave the abstract side of Saint-Julien to focus on practical data:  this region is located in the heart of the Medoc region, 900 hectares spread over 26 vineyards, which produce more than 6 million bottles a year.

Being situated between Margaux and Pauillac, comparisons with wines from these two terroirs are inevitable; although Saint-Julien always comes out unscathed … you don?t gather so many ?Grand Crus? per square kilometer for nothing…

The first notes of its fragrance give us information about its origins, Bordeaux. It has elegance and gradually overwhelms us. The wine is not exactly smooth, has character and is therefore perfect with hearty dishes like beef stew or roast, Spanish food specialties, like many of its ?tapas?.

I have not ever tried with fish, but I plan to investigate whether this combines with cod and halibut. Above all, I love to think how good can be a glass of Sant Julien accompanying a plate of Riojano Cod (peppers, garlic, onion, tomato, a speck of spice and of course, generous Olive oil). Occasionally you must treat yourself well.

In the region of Saint-Julien grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are common. We can also find Saint-Julien wine made from Malbec and Petit Verdot, it would not be our choice if we are looking for a classic, but which is nevertheless a good choice and proof that French wine is not as squared as it looks.

I recommend Château Lagrange 2005 or Chateau Saint Pierre 2000, which are also two of the best vintages in the region. A little cheaper, but also delicious, Connetable de talbot 2006 or Les fiefs de lagrange 2008.

Any other recommendations? Of course. In Saint-Julien there is so many wines for you to choose:

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Château Talbot 2006

 

 

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Château Gloria 2005

Saint-julien, art in Bordeaux

 TAGS:Art in Bordeaux, so are the wines of Saint-Julien: interesting and different, unique pieces which show while getting uncorked that there is no part of their elaboration process that has been taken lightly. Everything has a meaning and, like art, it is not always fully understood, in fact it is sometimes misunderstood, but some others it can make crazy to whoever taste it for the first time.

But let’s leave the abstract side of Saint Julien for a while to focus on more practical and worldlier data. This region is located in the heart of the Medoc region, comprising 900 hectares which are distributed in twenty-six vineyards. Those vines produce more than six million bottles a year. That is something.

Being situated between Margaux and Pauillac, the comparisons with wines from these two terroirs are inevitable, but Saint-Julien always succeeds … the very large number of Grand Crus per square kilometer in this area is not a coincidence.

We discover where in France it comes from upon the first notes of its fragrance arrival. It is a Bordeaux. It shows its gradual elegance while its warmth overwhelms us. However, it is not a very smooth wine, it has character and that is the reason why it is perfect with strong dishes like stewed or roasted meat, game and Spanish food specialties, like most of their tapas.

I have not ever tasted it with fish yet, although I have planned to investigate how good could it combine with cod and halibut. Above all, it makes my mouth water to think how perfect will be a glass of Saint Julien to accompany a plate of cod Rioja style (peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, a pinch of spicy and, of course, generous olive oil). You have to take great pleasure in pairing.

The most common grape varieties in Saint Julien French region are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Although it is the latter the one that gives these wines that quality of its superb aging. That?s another reason to invest in at least one bottle for our own private cellar. Hell yeah!

We can also find Saint Julien wine made from Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes. It would not be our choice if we are looking for a classic, but nevertheless it is a good option which proves that French wine is not as rigid as it looks like sometimes.

I recommend Chateau Lagrange 2005 or Chateau Saint Pierre 2000, which are also two of the best vintages of the region. A bit cheaper, but also delicious, we find Connétable de Talbot 2006 or Les Fiefs of Lagrange 2008.

Any other? Of course, you can have whatever you want in Pauillac:

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A classic cellar with modern wines

 

 

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Château Lalande-Borie, another of the “musts” from Pauillac

Different places to buy cabernet sauvignon

 TAGS:When buying a good Cabernet Sauvignon wine we feel inevitably tempted to choose a Bordeaux, the weight of tradition, its fame, or rather the experience and extension are forceful reasons. But make no mistake, they are good and they are a lot, but these French are not the only Cabernet Sauvignon that can impress us. Let?s see what else can be found around.

For instance, now Bulgaria has more than eighteen thousand acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, which means nearly as many as the aforementioned Bordeaux, the French region best known for this grape. It is not the only country in Eastern Europe that enjoys the benefits of these small, very dark and thick skin grapes. We can also keep track of Cabernet Sauvignon (as if looking for Carmen Sandiego) in Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and Greece and of course also in Russia, Georgia, Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus or Turkey.

Even if we have to choose from those mentioned, France takes the cake so far because this grape, which fits almost all conditions, reaches its sublimation in temperate climates which are able to ensure mild autumns as Cabernet Sauvignon?s late maturity requires such special treatment. If the weather is too warm, it will probably succeed but it could get to be too sweet and excessively candied and if the weather is cooler it will tend more to the herbal flavors, but if temperatures drop too low, then we are placed in danger.

For the same climatic (and very logical) reasons, California (Napa Valley) and Chile are other good choices when buying a Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The same applies to Australia and South Africa, where we can find very good examples. However, I would not say so about New Zealand, which unfortunately has had a difficult start with this grape variety.

Many times we can find a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, starring the wine that performs, although it is usually found together with other grapes such as Merlot, who tried to steal its fame, or Cabernet Franc. The latter combination is particularly well known when it comes from another French region, the Loire Valley, which together with Midi and Bergerac, is the part of France out of Bordeaux where this grape can be found.

Cabernet Sauvignon in Italy is more recently grown and that happens also in Spain. Although in these two countries is possible to find older strains, like in the South of Italy or in Rioja, that give us more satisfaction providing us with wines as good as some Bordeaux.

Synonyms for grape names

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Bastardo (Bastard), Periquita (lovebird), Rabigato (tailed cat) … we are speaking, of course, of the names of grapes.

There are plenty of vines to make wine, many of which are very popular in the world. But these grapes have more than just one name, usually due to their areas of origin where they are called by different names. That’s why we have compiled for you the most famous grapes and their other names.

  • Tempranillo – This grape of Spanish origin, receives some similar name and some additions such as Tempranillo Rioja, Tempranillo from Rioja, Tempranillo from Perralta, Tempranillo from Rioza and the feminine form would be Tempranilla, synonym of Tempranillo. But undoubtedly the most popular synonyms are Tinto Fino (Ribera Del Duero), Tinta del Pais (in Rioja and Ribera del Duero) and Tinta de Toro (Toro). In Catalonia the name is Ull de Llebre, and in Portugal is used with the name of Tinta Roriz, eing an important part of the usual mix of Porto wine. It is Less frequently called Cencibel de la Mancha, Tinto de Toro, and Tinto de Madrid, Aragonese Tinta, Arganda, Cencibel Chinchillana, Escobera, Garnacho, Foño, Jaciuera, Black of Mesa, Grenache Logroño, Arinha Tinto, Tinta Santiago, Montereiro Tinta, Riojano Tinto, Valdepeñas, Verdiell and Vid de Aranda.
  • GarnachaGarnacha of Spanish origin, called “Garnacha tintorera” is also known as Alicante, Alicante Bouschet, Moratón, Negral, Tinto basto, and just as a Tintorera. The Garnacha Tinta, also receives many synonyms as: carignan rouge, Carignane rosso, rosso carinagne, elegant, francese, black garnaccho, common Garnacha, Grenache black alloying, alloying di Rivalto, alloying poggiarelli, Grenache common Black Grenache, Garnacha black, Grenache Grenache red or gray Garnache in Castilla y Leon and Catalonia, garnatxa black garnatxa country, or garnatjo or Garnatxo, in the Maresme (Catalonia) and at the north of Catalonia, Giró or Gironet in Mallorca, Granaccia, toccai rosso and grape from Spain ‘uva di spagna’, among others.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Undoubtedly one of the grapes most commonly used in winemaking, this popularity gives it many synonyms such as bordeaux, sauvignon rouge, petit Bouchet, Carbonet, marchoupet, Vaucluse, carmenet, burgundy red, castet, Verona, board Breton, Cabernet sovinjon, bidure, Navarre, lafet, petit cabernet and petit Vidure among others.
  • Syrah – In other countries outside of France, country of origin of this grape it is also called Shiraz (Australia and New Zealand). But in France it is given names like: Candive Noir, Entournerein, Hignin Noir, Plan de la Biaune, Schiraz, Sérine, Séräne, Sirac, Syra and Syrac.
  • Macabeo – Is a grape of Spanish origin, also called: Alcañol, Alcañón, Blanca de Daroca, Charas Blanc, Forcalla, Gredelín, Lardot, Maccabeu, Perpignan, la cola de Renard, Rossan, Viuna or Viura, being the last two the most popular synonyms together with Alcañol.
  • AirenIs the more cultivated white grape in Spain, and there gets names like Lairén, mantuo laeren, valdepeñas, laeren del rye, valdepenero, aidén, manchega, forcallada, forcallat, and lairén.
  • Chardonnay – This grape originated in Burgundy goes by many names, among them are: ardone, klevanjka biela, chatey petit, sainte marie petite, chaudenet, rousseau, rouci bile, bargeois blanc, arboisier, chardennet, arnaison blanc, luisant, aubaine, auvernat blanc, epinette blanche, moulon, plant de tonnerre, maconnais, auxois blanc, noirien blanc, melon blanc, gentil blanc, chablis, arnoison, beaumois, pinot chardonnay, clevner weiss, auvernas blanc, auxerrois blanc, petit chatey, petite saint-marie, pinot blanc a cramant, melon d’arbois, gelber weissburgunder, feinburgunder, roussot, blanc de champagne, breisgauer sussling, romeret, morillon blanc, feherburgundi, pinot blanc chardonnay, weissedler, auvergnat blanc, epinette de champagne, ericey blanc, grosse bourgogne, lisant, luizant, luizannais, luzannois, maurillon blanc, moreau blanc, romere, burgundi feher, claevner, klawner, weiss silber, rulander weiss, feher chardonnay, shardone, and pino shardone.
  • Bonarda – This grape is called in France: Fouce noir. And in Italy: Dolcetto Nero.

Shall we drink a few wines? We recommend you some wines with a mixture of grapes (blend or coupage) among the tastiest on the market: 

 

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The most typical blend from Rioja is Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, combined in this wine to create a fantastic range of aromas and flavour.

Buy Viña Albina Reserva 2004 8,95

 

 

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Pago de Carraovejas is one of the mythical wineries of Ribera del Duero. This great wine is made from a mixture in which the protagonist is the Tempranillo, accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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Napa Valley, the beautiful valley of California

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California is a U.S. state known for being home of the film Industry, Hollywood, for its beaches, for Los Angeles, San Francisco, …and also as a region that produces some of the best wines in the world.

The most famous wine region of California is Napa Valley, Napa Valley, ancient region of the Wappo Indians. It is believed that the name of Wappa was gaven to them by the Spanish, so the Napa Valley would actually be “beautiful valley”.

The Wine production in Napa Valley took place during the nineteenth century, though a plague of phylloxera, first, and the US Dry Law and the Great Depression later made the success of the wines from Napa Valley to wait more than 100 years.

Here were 2 events that have consolidated Napa Valley as the premier wine area in the U.S.:

  • In 1962, Robert Mondavi started to grow vines in Napa Valley. Mondavi has been the most important wine producer in the US, so his interest in Napa Valley made many other producers also settle in the area, until the present time, in the one you can count more than 300 wineries in this small valley .
  • In 1976, in Paris, there was a famous blind tasting where, over French wines, the big winners were the Chardonnay wines from Napa Valley, followed by the famous wines of Napa Valley, made with Cabernet Sauvignon. The outcome of this competition helped to break the prejudices that were on the US wine and definitely helped to promote the production of wine in the area.

Since then, the success of the wines from Napa Valley has not only grown, they are also an example and that has led to the development of many other denominations of origin in the area: Sonoma County, Carneros or Russian River Valley are some of the designations or AVAS, as they are called there, which have grown in prestige in the shadow of Napa Valley.

The famous Tuscany Valley of Falcon Crest was precisely inspired in Napa Valley, how the style of California has managed to use, like nowhere else in the world, the benefits of marketing, since many of the wineries operating here get as much or even more benefits from wine tourism than from wine production. 

Is estimated that than 8 million people prefers to visit wineries, rather than Disneyland each year Do you Feel like trying wines from Napa Valley? Then let us recommend a few: 

  • Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2007: Merryville was the first winery built in Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition. An elegant wine, matured in barrels, with floral and vanilla notes. 
  • Merryvale Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon 2006: Lots of fruit, especially cherry and raspberry, with fine notes of wood that gives it a fresh flavor and a long and soft aftertaste. Wonderful.