Why is Cabernet Sauvignon so popular?

Nov 23, 2021

Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Cab Sav’ or ‘Cab’ as it has been affectionately known is a wine that dates back to the 17th Century. New in comparison to the likes of a Pinot Noir but one that has boldly made its mark amongst wine connoisseurs around the world. Whether it’s at a dinner party, wedding or amongst friends, there’s always a moment for Cab Sav.


We at Apothic want to share our Apothic Cab - a smooth, award-winning wine, with succulently ripe fruit notes, sure to captivate the hearts and delight even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs. We conducted research into Cabernet wine styles with 300 premium+ Cabernet consumers. Through blind tastings, preference and reaction to wine styles, our research revealed that Apothic Cab appeals to 70% of all red wine drinkers.


What is Cabernet Sauvignon?

The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. With two such famous parents, it’s no surprise that it would be so popular. What sets it apart from others though is its ability to grow and produce a large crop almost anywhere in the world. Although originating in France, it has since spread with many other popular wine regions now producing Cab including Italy, Australia, South America and California. The exceptional quality grapes that go into our Apothic Cab is grown under the warmth of the Californian sun.  

Read more about how red wine is made here.


Cabernet Sauvignon Characteristics

Cabernet Sauvignon’s taste is one which is unmistakeable. It has deep, fruit aromas, often made up of notes of blackcurrant, dark cherry and blackberries, which gives it intensity, not to mention a dark, rich red complexion.

It has subtle aromas of dark chocolate, black fruit notes and sometimes coffee but can vary depending on where the wine has matured. Cab Sav is a red wine with high tannins, which can explain why it’s a highly favoured choice for pairing with red meats such as steak, roast lamb through to mushrooms and cheese.

Our smooth and silky Apothic Cab boasts hints of mocha, layering an intense, dark forest fruit tone and enticing aromas of vanilla. A small amount of jammy Zinfandel grapes gives our Cab its alluring textual palette; making this a winning combination not just on its own but also at dinner parties that continue into the early hours.


Wine Pairings

When it comes to food and wine, there is often not one without the other. You’ll scarcely find a dish or an ingredient that doesn’t go well with a glass of red. There are some very well-known wine pairings that will ensure what’s in your glass complements what’s on your plate!


Beef is often a top choice for any main meal. Whether you’re ordering it in a restaurant or enjoying a meal at home, cabernet sauvignon with steak, stew or roast is a sure winner. Our Cab Sav with its soft, plush tannins and bright notes of forest fruit has the acidity to cut through textures of lean meat. For fattier cuts, the tannins act as a palate cleanser so you can savour each bite throughout your meal.


Lamb is very rich so like its other red meat counterpart, red wine is the obvious choice to serve. When you’ve got your friends round for a dinner party on Saturday night and your main event is a rack of lamb, our Cabernet Sauvignon wine is the perfect accompaniment. It’s full-bodied with a jammy tone and delivers a sensually, silky mouthfeel which enhances the meat and balances out the flavour and textures.

Portobello Mushrooms

Wine isn’t well suited to just meat and fish, mushrooms can also pair well. Mushrooms in a creamy sauce often go best with a white wine such as Chardonnay. However, if we’re talking about Portobello mushrooms which might be the centrepiece at your dinner table then you’ll want to opt for a red. Its meat like texture with an earthy taste is why bold reds with a rich, velvety texture such as a Cab can maintain the harmony between the assortment of flavours.


If you’re hosting a cheese and wine night or simply sharing a cheeseboard with friends, you’ll want to opt for a nice glass of red wine to go with it. Cab Sav works exceptionally well paired with hard cheeses with bold flavours like Cheddar or Gouda. It’s sumptuous with a dry enough feel to cut through the acidity and richness of strong cheeses allowing you to enjoy it unreservedly.


Whether it’s a celebration, over dinner or simply seeing in the weekend, let our Apothic Cab do the talking. Each sip gives a burst of intense notes of blackcurrant and dark plum, expressed with suggestions of vanilla and mocha, making it a red wine sure to delight guests. It’s pronounced flavours and silky texture is sure to linger long after the glass has left your lips!