Shop for Cabernets & Red Bordeaux Wines
The red grape Cabernet Sauvignon is like the lion of the wine world, the king of the grassland, and the most powerful player on the scene. Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in virtually every wine-growing region in the world with great success.
The most famous expressions come from California, specifically Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and from France in Bordeaux. Wine made from the cabernet grape is plentiful, and thankfully so since it's one of the most popular wines in the world.
Dense, lush, and spicy, Cabernet Sauvignon is an ideal companion for hearty meals like soups, stews, and steak, and also makes an exciting match for desserts and chocolate.
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Spain has 2.9 million acres of vineyards and is the most widely-planted wine-producing nation. There are 400 varieties of grapes with 80% of production originating from 20 grape varieties including Tempranillo, Albarino, Garnacha, Mencia, Palomino, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Monastrell. Some of the major wine regions include Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Jerez, and Priorat.
Under Roman rule, Spanish wine was sold throughout the Roman Empire and wine production continued during the rule of the Moors. Following the Spanish Reconquesta, exportation of Spanish wines continued with Spanish missionaries and conquistadors bringing European vine stock to the New World.
In the late 19th century, the sparkling wine industry (Cava) began and by the 20th century, Cava production rivaled that of Champagne. Civil and political upheaval and two world wars adversely affected the Spanish wine industry, but the 1950’s brought with it a revival. In the 21st century, Spain is now considered a serious wine-producing country and home to many extraordinary values. Famous Brands to look for include Vega Sicilia, Pesquera, Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus, Segura Viudas, Muga and Castano.