I've seen every season of the Bachelor, from the first limo filled with squealing girls to the last sponsored diamond ring. But this year, I'm watching the show for all the right reasons. Because I think I could see myself falling for Ben. We're, you know, on a journey, and I know the process works, and I'm not here to make friends. So what's-her-butt can just back off. Why am I so sure of this connection, when we've only known each other, well, a minute or two less than he's known the other 16 girls he's dating? Because Ben The Bachelor is a winemaker.
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We weren't wild Costco's house brand Champagne, but we were curious about the less expensive options in the Kirkland wine line, so we picked up the Kirkland Signature Napa Cabernet, which sells for $12.89, and their $8.99 Sonoma Chardonnay. Did these cheaper bottles fare better than the Champagne?
This week, we're tasting Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most widely produced red wines in the world. While it's grown in just about every region where you'll find a vineyard, we limited our selections to California (Napa and Sonoma), France (Langeudoc Roussillon), Washington (Horse Heaven Hills), and Argentina (Mendoza). What did we like? What did you like? Come chat Cabernet!
Last week, we kicked off the Serious Eats Amateur Wine Taste-Along with Chardonnay; this week, we're crossing over to reds and giving Cabernet Sauvignon a go. If you only learn about a handful of red wine grapes, this should be at the top of your list; it's one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Come learn and taste (and drink) with us!
Even the most casual enthusiasts recognize Bordeaux's significance as one of the world's premier wine regions: its storied Châteaux have become the stuff of legend. With top wines easily fetching thousands of dollars, it's understandable why the region has increasingly lost cachet among a younger generation of drinkers. But there's another side of Bordeaux that we've all be missing.
There is a price to pay for eclecticism: you can forget to drink the six grapes that provide the backbone for wine production throughout the world. These six "noble grapes"--Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir--have been cultivated all over the world and been made into distinguished, even legendary wines.
Top-level wines from Napa can be very expensive, highly limited, or both. Widely-available wines can be bland and lack the distinctive varietal characteristics that make Cabernet so popular. The result can often be a wine with mushy flavors that makes you say "Hey, this wine tastes red!"