The world celebrates International Cabernet Sauvignon day every year on August 30. This holiday honors the fine quality and the deep berry flavor that have come to define Cabernet Sauvignon wines. This grapevine variety dates back to the 17th century, the offspring of a chance crossing between the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc. Cabernet Sauvignon is now one of the most renowned grape varieties, and synonymous with class and refined taste. Overall, Cabernet Sauvignon deserves more than just a day to celebrate its enduring legacy.
History of International Cabernet Sauvignon Day
Red wine is perhaps one of the oldest beverages known to man. It’s no wonder that Pliny The Elder, a Roman historian, coined the phrase ‘In Vino Veritas’ which translates to ‘In wine, there is truth.’ Up until the mid-90s, most people believed that Cabernet Sauvignon was the renowned ancient Roman wine. Although today we understand the history of this grapevine variety and how it was created, the allure and mystique of Cabernet Sauvignon wine has not diminished.
In the 17th century, an accidental crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc gave the world its first taste of what would later become a staple for wine lovers and winemakers alike. Then, in the 1800s, Cabernet Sauvignon saw its first rise in popularity, particularly in France. Winemakers were consistently looking for grapevine varieties that were resistant to weather changes and easy to grow. The rich and dark fruit flavor that characterized most Cabernet Sauvignon wines became highly sought after by wine enthusiasts, and the grape quickly rose to the status of noble grape.
The Bordeaux wine region became the hub of Cabernet Sauvignon production. Nowadays, this variety is produced by most wine-producing regions. Today, France, Italy, the U.S., and many Latin American countries are among the top producers of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2009, marketing guru, and Cabernet Sauvignon aficionado, Rick Bakas organized the first International Cabernet Sauvignon day. The purpose of the celebration is to bring together the community of Cabernet aficionados and winemakers. Several countries, including Mexico, Canada, and South Africa, began observing this day shortly after.
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day timeline
An accidental crossing of two grapevine varieties creates the first Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet Sauvignon becomes a grapevine of choice by producers in Europe.
Penfold’s establishes Kalimna Block 42 in South Australia, the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon planting to date.
Rick Bakas organizes the first International Cabernet Sauvignon Day in the U.S.
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day FAQs
What is special about Cabernet Sauvignon?
Cabernet Sauvignon is considered one of the noble grape varieties, grown internationally and preferred by consumers. It is also easy to grow and resistant which makes it relied upon by many producers.
Why is it Called Cabernet Sauvignon?
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc. Sauvignon is believed to be derived from the French word ‘Sauvage,’ meaning ‘wild.’ Cabernet Sauvignon would translate as Wild Cabernet.
What does Cabernet Sauvignon taste like?
Cabernet Sauvignon has several sub-varieties and has been crossed with other grapevines, giving several distinctive tastes. Generally, Cabernet Sauvignon wines have dark fruit undertones of black cherry, and sometimes green bell pepper. Cabernet Sauvignon wines can also have a wood and vanilla aroma, as it is aged in oak barrels.
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day Activities
Invest in a quality vintage
Although Cabernet Sauvignon wines are generally associated with fancy restaurants and expensive wine retreats, they are not always as expensive. Grab a bottle of a budget-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon blend and enjoy good company on this holiday.
Read about the history
The history of Cabernet Sauvignon is essentially that of modern wine culture. This variety is not the oldest in the world but is an essential one. Reading about its history can be a fruitful and engaging experience for wine lovers.
Go to cabernet sauvignon tasting or wine country
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapevine varieties among wine lovers and producers alike. So, it wouldn’t be difficult to find a wine estate or tasting dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
5 Interesting Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon
Most widely planted grape vine
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grapevine in the world, surpassing the Spanish variety Airén in 2014.
France is the top producer
France has always been a center of wine production and is the largest producer of Cabernet Sauvignon with over 55,000 hectares.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a relative of Merlot
It is often blended with Merlot, and most people can hardly tell the difference between the two.
Its origins were discovered in 1996
A group of scientists at U.C. Davis used D.N.A. typing for the first time to study the parentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, which had previously been obscure
Higher levels of aroma compounds
Cabernet Sauvignon is noted for higher levels of pyrazine, an aroma compound, which is why Cabernet Sauvignon wines have a rich dark fruit flavor.
Why We Love International Cabernet Sauvignon Day
It is a staple wine
Cabernet Sauvignon is often regarded as one of the best wines. It is indeed a necessity for every wine lover. It is, without a doubt, a must-have for any wine enthusiast. If you're not sure what wine to try, Cabernet Sauvignon is almost always a good bet.
It has health benefits
Cabernet Sauvignon is noted for its health benefits. Other than aiding the digestion process, and blood circulation, moderate amounts of red wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, can also reduce risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s.
It pairs well with food
As with most wine varieties, pairing with food certainly complements the culinary experience. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely paired with a variety of foods from steaks, mushrooms, and different kinds of cheese.
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day dates