- any of several related grapes grown esp. in Bordeaux and Calif.
- a dry red wine made from these grapes; esp., cabernet sauvignon
- However, some of California's best wine comes out of Randall Grahm's Bonny Doon for mirth and Rhône style wines, Paul Draper's Ridge Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon (think 1976 Paris Tasting), and David Bruce for some excellent Pinot Noir.
- The history of Cabernet Sauvignon wasn't fully understood until the 1990s when researchers at the University of California at Davis used the nascent science of DNA testing to identify and type the grapes used to make this red wine.
- The wines have won numerous awards, including winning Best of Class for the 2007 California Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2009 Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Awards, as well winning awards for their Merlot and Syrah at the same festival.
- Most people start their wine 101 white, sweeter wines like Gewurtztraminer or Riesling and then move into lighter body reds such as Beaujolais or Merlot and then end up with the dryer, bigger styled reds like Syrah or Cabernet.
- Cabernet Sauvignon wines run the gamut in price from a few dollars for Trader Joe's well-known "Two Buck Chuck" wine from the Charles Shaw Winery to hundreds of dollars for a well-aged Bordeaux grown in an excellent vintage.