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Cabernet Sauvignon (often shortened to 'Cab Sav' or even just 'Cab') is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. The product of a natural crossing of key Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon's DNA was profiled only as recently as 1997, by researchers in California. Most wine authorities agree that the crossing happened only in the past few centuries, making the variety's current fame all the more impressive. From its origins around the Medoc, the vine h ... more
Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina, responsible for roughly 70% of the country's annual wine production.
Situated in the rain shadow of the Andes mountains to the west, Mendoza benefits from a dry climate and high average temperatures. Irrigation is facilitated by the various rivers which cross the region, including the Mendoza river itself, which runs down from the mountains. Warm, dry harvest periods mean that winemakers are able to pick their grapes according to ripeness, rather than being ruled by the vagaries of the weather. As with other New World countries, this leads to a reduction in vintage variation, as well as consistent quality from year to year. Predictable harvests also afford Mendoza's winemakers the luxury of increased control over the styles of wine they p ... more
Cuyo is a large administrative and economic region in the central-west of Argentina. While it is not a wine region itself, it does neatly encompass the country's most proilfic wine-producing areas: Mendoza and San Juan. For viticultural purposes, the La Rioja region is often included as part of Cuyo.
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