Depending on where it’s produced, a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon can be very expensive. The good news for Washington Wine lovers is that we don’t have to sacrifice quality to get a great bottle at a great price. Wine Spectator has reported that Washington State has the highest percentage of wines rated 90 points or above compared to most major wine regions as well as the lowest average cost for these wines. This gives us reason enough to rejoice. Now consider it’s time for the annual tribute to Cabernet, and you’d be truly remiss not to uncork a bottle of Washington Cabernet.
Cabernet Day, founded by Rick Bakas, has become an annual celebration on the Thursday before Labor Day. The intent is to drink a Cabernet of your choice and share the experience on social media using the hashtag #cabernetday. This year it also takes place during Washington Wine Month. So why not open a Cab from Washington State to commemorate the day? Now, we know that Cabernet Sauvignon is already considered the king of wines. So let’s not forget that Cabernet Day also includes Cabernet Franc and Cabernet blends. This is great news for those of us who prefer a lighter bodied wine.
Throw a Cabernet Day Party
Nothing says celebration better than inviting friends over for a Cabernet Day party. There are several ways this could play out.
- Open different vintages of the same wine (aka “a vertical”). Explore how aging and vintage variations influence the wine.
- Uncork a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a Cabernet blend to identify the different characteristics of each.
- Invite friends to bring a bottle of Cabernet of their choice. This will hopefully offer a diverse mix of styles to compare and contrast. For the geekiest experience of all, brown bag the wines and taste them blind. Bonus points for those who can guess source, vintage, and/or primary grape.
Do not despair if you’re unable to get a group of friends together on the fly. You can still participate online and follow #cabernetday on social media. Open a bottle and post your pictures on Twitter or Instagram with the hasthags #cabernetday and #wawinemonth.
Here is a list of some of our most active Washington wine advocates on these channels. Check them out! We’ve included links to their blogs where applicable.
@thepinksociety (anyone who loves to drink pink should be following BTW!)
@allison_wallace of the blog Advinetures
@SLBriscoe of the blog Briscoe Bites
@luchavino of the blog Luchavino
@LarryWineGuy of the blog Larry the Wine Guy
If you’ve been actively posting about #WaWineMonth on Twitter and would like to be added here, be sure to tag @NancyFeasts and @winebeerwa with the hashtags #WaWineMonth and #addme.
Food for Cabernet Day
We believe wine is always best served with great company and food. If you’re not sure what to serve, our post on How to pair Cabernet Sauvignon with Food is a great place to start.
In case that’s not enough, here are some recipes for inspiration.
- Ranch Steak with Onions and Mushrooms by Katherine Martinelli .
- Cabernet Portabella Burgers from Oh My Veggies.
- The Best No Fuss Hamburger Recipe by Inspired Taste.
- Quick Pasta Bolognese from Eating Well.
- Or prepare a Red Wine Reduction Sauce to serve with the protein of your choice via VinePair.