Is there a difference between Cabernet and Cabernet Sauvignon?

  Is there a difference between Cabernet and Cabernet Sauvignon?

by Beth Heiserman

Sometimes Cabernet Sauvignon is referred to as just Cab, Cabernet, Cab Sauv and many other names. It is the same thing. There is no official grape called Cabernet. It is just a nick name like you might hear someone say Zin instead of Zinfandel.

There are grapes called Cabernet Franc, Ruby Cabernet, Cabernet Gris and a few more that aren’t cultivated anymore. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which are both Bordeaux grapes. There are a lot of similarities between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. When Cabernet Sauvignon became more popular in the 18th century, people started to look into what was the difference between the two grapes. By 1997, DNA testing had concluded that Cabernet Sauvignon did come from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

This past week, Robert and I went to a vineyard in Lancaster to see his Malbec. But, he also had Cabernet Franc. I took pictures of these beautiful grapes.

Come celebrate International Cabernet Day at Reyes Winery…We will be having a Vertical Tasting  at Reyes Winery on Saturday August 25th 12pm-2pm or 3pm-5pm. It is $15 per person. On August 30th is International Cabernet Day! Social media has a hashtag for it, #CabernetDay. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Cabernet. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass; #Cabernet and #ReyesWinery.