Cabernet Week at WineShopper

image.axd?picture=wineshopper logo thumbAs we come to the last day of WineShopper‘s Cabernet week, I thought it may be helpful to talk up some of the wines we’re showcasing & why these are not only fantastic deals, but also fantastic wines.

Won’t lie – Cabernet Sauvignon is not my favorite grape. I’d typically prefer Champagne, Pinot Noir or a White Burgundy over a Cab, but there are definitely times and places for a good bottle of this age-worthy and complex style of wine.

Some fun Cabernet Sauvignon facts:
– Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a crossing between Cabernet Franc (daddy) and Sauvignon Blanc (mommy). Nice parentage – certainly explains the name!
– The grape has a high “pip to pulp” ratio, which equals high “skin to juice” ration. Since the skins of Cabernet Sauvignon have such high and concentrated phenolics, this leads to a wine high in tannins and worthy of age.
– Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape in Lebanon, where Chateau Musar (not the region that screams Cabernet, much less wine) makes collectible wines.

This week, a few gems we’re offering at WineShopper include:

Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon – year after year this is one of my favorite wines. It’s one of the best California Cabernets for the price. WineShopper price this week? just $17.99.

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon – always a value, but particularly a value at $12.99. Yahoo. Love a good Cab under $15! Yes, Chateau Ste Michelle is big, but their wines are consistent and this is a perfect everyday drinking Cab that holds up to food or sips well on its own.

Stay tuned for the Friday deal – it’s a Mount Veeder gem!