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If you want to learn more about wine culture, Wine Download offers a guide to cabernet sauvignon, designed to help you understand the history and popularity of this famous wine.

Cabernet sauvignon - it's almost as fun to say as it is to drink! But what do you really know about this popular wine choice?

Whether you're a serious wine enthusiast or budding imbiber, Wine Download's guide to "cab sav" will help you learn some fun and juicy (ha!) details about this famously robust red.

The guide covers the history and origins of the cabernet sauvignon grape, most popular cabernet blends, taste profile, and some recommendations for yummy food pairings.

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A recent Forbes article highlights the fact that the cabernet sauvignon grape, which originates from the French region of Bordeaux, is the most planted variety of grape in the world, with vines growing on 840,000 acres around the globe. The guide from Wine Download helps you understand the reasons why this varietal remains so popular. “With its bold flavors, complex notes, and age-worthy characteristics, cabernet sauvignon has something for everyone - from novice drinkers to seasoned connoisseurs,” explains a spokesperson from the organization. “This wine continues to be one of the most sought-after varieties due to its intense flavor profile and famous ability to age gracefully.”

Starting with an outline of the grape’s history and geographic distribution, the guide moves on to a taste profile for cabernet sauvignon, including a discussion of tannins, layers of complexity, aroma, and the predominant cabernet fruit flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, and blackberry.

You'll also find an explanation of common wine blends featuring cabernet sauvignon, such as Meritage, cabernet franc, syrah, and zinfandel blends, as well as the taste profile differences between the different combinations. A direct comparison between cabernet sauvignon and other common red wines, such as Merlot, is also included.

The guide offers you a list of possible alternatives to cabernet sauvignon, such as Pinot Noir or Sangiovese wines, as well as suggestions for tasty food pairings, like cheddar cheese, lamb, beef, and roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

If you're a serious oenophile or just a straight-up wine snob, the Wine Download team offers suggestions for glassware to be used when serving cabernet sauvignon, noting that a large bowl and narrow rim will enhance the wine’s aroma, and explaining the benefits of crystal over regular glassware.

The cab sav guide from Wine Download is part of an ongoing series of profiles for different wine types, helping you learn more about the wondrous intricacies of one of the world’s most iconic alcoholic beverages.

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