Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Anywhere But Here!

Click to see another bunch.Do you recognize these grapes? These beauties are a clump of Cabernet sauvignon grapes. Aside from Zinfandel, a big, full-bodied Cab is my favorite red. Unless its a Syrah fruit-bomb, but that's not the purpose of this post.

The "Midtown Winers" is going to have a Cabernet sauvignon wine tasting in February. Only it can't be a Cab from the US. I don't think I've tried a Cab from outside the US so I hope you can recommend some good ones to try. I've read that some good candiates would be:

  • Bordeaux, the home of Cabernet Sauvignon. It would be cool to try a great wines of the Medoc or Graves. These wines are primarily Cabernet although most are blends with Merlot or Cabernet Franc. Blends are permitted, but Cabernet is supposed to be the significant part of the wine (75% or more) for this tasting
  • The Priorat region of Spain is supposed to have some good examples. I didn't even know Spain grew Cab. Has anyone had a good one?
  • Of course there are the supertuscans of Tuscany, Italy would be great to try.
  • Other lesser know (to me) areas are
    • Australia (Coonawarra)
    • eastern Europe
    • South America
    • South Africa

If you've had a great Cabernet Saubignon from outside the US, please mention it in the comments section. Include a link if you can find it. Thanks in advance!

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