Cabernet Sauvignon: Articles on the Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Grape Varietal

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Best Recommendations for Napa Cabernet Sauvignons under $100

As wine enthusiasts know all too well, great Napa Cabernet Sauvignons are often priced north of $100 and out of reach for many buyers. Of course, price by itself is not a good indicator of a great wine. Moreover, the price of a wine is likely to be impacted by scarcity and marketing as much as the quality of the wine. As such, we asked our panel of wine experts to recommend great Napa Cabernet Sauvignons priced under $100:

Judgment of Paris: Film "Bottle Shock" Brings the Paris Tasting of 1976 to the Big Screen

Bottle Shock On May 24, 1976, Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant hoping to stoke sales at his French-wine-only shop, held a wine competition in Paris. In this competition French judges were invited to blind-taste top chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons from France and California. In an event that would later be dubbed the Judgment of Paris, the California wines –included merely to serve as the “sacrificial lambs” to the supposedly superior French wines- won the competition in a shocking upset. This singular event revolutionized the wine industry and put California on the map as a major world producer of fine wine.

This story comes to life on the silver screen for the first time with the film Bottle Shock, starring Bill Pullman, Alan Richman, and Dennis Farina among other notables. I recently chatted with Bottle Shock Co-Writer and Producer Jody Savin about the film.

Why this film now?

To answer this question in a socio-political sense, I would venture to say that we live in challenging times.

William Harrison Vineyards and Winery

The Vibe: 

You don’t see many log cabins in Napa Wine country, and you certainly don’t see many stuffed bears or boar heads, but that’s only because you haven’t visited the William Harrison tasting room. The general store feel of this lesser-known family owned winery sports a relaxed and casual vibe. While the owner sprouts from an Italian winemaking family, the tasting counter feels homegrown American. Try the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Cabernet Franc, and ask the tasting room guy if he has time to give you a tour.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Small to medium sized groups
  • Old West enthusiasts
  • Napa History buffs
  • Italian wine-history fans
Not good for: 
  • Large groups
  • Buses/limos
  • Events
  • Weddings
  • Shoppers
Known For: 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Pictures: 

Locations

1443 Silverado Trail
St. Helena, CA 94574
United States
38° 29' 33.9684" N, 122° 25' 4.7352" W
1443 Silverado Trail
St. Helena, CA 94574
United States
38° 29' 33.9684" N, 122° 25' 4.7352" W
Phone Number: 
7079638310

Cosentino Winery

The Vibe: 

Housed in an ivy-covered, French-chateau styles stone building, the family owned Cosentino winery continues to produce a wide variety of wines. While zinfandel comprises much of the 70,000 case production, visitors to their just-north-of-Yountville tasting room can sidle up to the copper counter and try a pinot grigio, chardonnay, cab, sangiovese, pinot noir or merlot. Winemaker Mitch Consentino prides himself on producing a wide variety of artisanal wines using traditional methods.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Groups
  • Small, private events (e.g. wine/cheese pairings)
  • Those seeking to try several different varietals sourced from several different areas
Not good for: 
  • Tours
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
Known For: 
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese
Pictures: 

Locations

7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
Phone Number: 
7079441220

Folie a Deux

The Vibe: 

Folie a Deaux is a psychiatric term that refers to two people sharing the same delusional ideas. Perhaps a whimsical name for a winery, but appropriate if the founders of the winery happen to both be psychology professionals. While the original couple no longer own the winery, their legacy lives on in the Rorschach dancers on the logo. The tasting room sports a variety of wines for tasting, including several Menage a Trois blends (one white, one red, one rose) as well as a Napa Cellars merlot, zin and sauvignon blanc. The available picnic tables make this stop particularly appealing for those who’ve purchased lunch vittles from the Oakville Grocery up the road, and need a place to nosh.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Groups
  • Buses
  • Picnics
  • Shoppers
  • Those looking to try a variety of wines at one stop
  • Rose fans
Not good for: 
  • Events
  • Weddings
  • Tours
Known For: 
The Menage a Trois line of wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Pictures: 

Locations

7481 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562
United States
38° 25' 16.2444" N, 122° 23' 24.414" W
7481 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562
United States
38° 25' 16.2444" N, 122° 23' 24.414" W
Phone Number: 
7079442565
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