Last week, we considered California cabernet franc, discovering that a new and evocative era for that wine has arrived. Franc is a wonderful way to experience California, for Thanksgiving or otherwise. But the time has come to consider the main event: California cabernet sauvignon. For sure, this isn’t a wine we often think about at PUNCH. But when you consider wine in an American context, California cabernet is as defining as it gets. Which is why it’s easy to forget how polarizing it can be.
I’m amazed how much people worry about something as simple and pleasurable as wine. It’s not that I don’t understand: Wine can seem confusing in its complexity. And it attracts snobs, who make themselves feel bigger by belittling anyone who knows less. But, as a wine expert who’s been there and done that, if I can share one piece of advice? Stop worrying. Yes, there are lots of things that you might want to learn about wine.
California is a place full of dreamers dreaming cabernet dreams. Usually that means cabernet sauvignon, because so much of these dreamers’ inspiration filters back to Bordeaux—but that also means a desire to have the full range of appropriate grapes at their disposal. Which brings us to the other cabernet: cabernet franc. While cabernet sauvignon and California are so closely associated that they can feel linguistically fused—californiacabernet—franc has a different and more complex tale to tell.
"The faux-science of pairing wines with food has overstayed its welcome. Among other things, it has left too many people insecure, because they think there’s one perfect pairing and they haven’t found it."
Food for thought for a certain holiday.
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