Tag Archive for: Cabernet Sauvignon

Everyone agrees that the simple things in life tend to be the best ones.  And when it comes to marrying the right food and wine combinations, there is nothing better.  But it’s a tricky old business and for years I worked with top chefs and sommeliers, trying to work out the ultimate combos, so often failing.  More often than not, we settled for ‘satisfactory’ combinations.  Which is why it is the ultimate joy when you hit upon perfection – like a Blue Moon, perfection doesn’t happen very often so we shout about it when it does. Tartare with egg

Here’s one that Jude came up with the other day in anticipation of our Lockdown Live event for Race Against Dementia (Wed 4th Nov 7pm) and wow, were we blown away. The secret is in the curing of the egg – the texture of the yolk becomes rich, creamy and substantial – if you’ve never tried this, give it a go.  It’s a mind-blower!

Beef Tartare with Cured Egg Yolk accompanied by Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

 

Do you ever wonder how we ended up with so many grape varietals?Grapes close up

Well, I am not about to tell you, but I am going to tell you about what happened when the tasty, fruity Sauvignon Blanc Grape met the sophisticated Cabernet Franc varietal and produced an offspring…can you guess it?

Cabernet Sauvignon of course!

Yes, it’s true, that grape we all know and love.  In Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.  The Cabernet Sauvignon gives a more fruity flavour whilst the Cabernet Franc is lighter and can smack a vegetal strike which is why it is often used in blending.

Read More about different grapes in Hannibal’s Encyclopaedia.

Another Fascinating fact from Hannibal!