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Cabernet Sauvignon dining

wine rack site tasty tangoToday we do a Tasty Tango with a Cab Sav……

Just last week the Wine Rack Site taught us the basics of a cornerstone of wine tasting….. the CabSav.  Our discussion centred on what makes Cabernet Sauvignon a wine worthy of exploration and wine you should seek out.

This is a wine that starts good and ages to become great.  Truly; it is a stand out Red wine a Class Act that, if you haven’t yet tasted it , you have probably been living under a rock somewhere.

The next question to ask is…. What food do I pair my beloved Cab Sav with?

Again, like any wine, it can be enjoyed on it’s own or with any food.  Here at the Wine Rack Site, we want to help you maximize the flavour and the overall experience of any wine you taste.  With that in mind, certain foods play nicely with certain wines.  In the case of CabSav, red truly meets red.  The Wine Rack Site always says though, that wine is a very personal experience.  I you don’t like steak, then don’t eat it with any wine regardless of recommendations.

Most amateur wine lovers know and recognize that a red wine “generally” goes best with a red meat. Having said that, there are particular red meat dishes that really enhance the experience. They create an experience as opposed to just a meal. Important to remember with Cabernet Sauvignon is the need to allow the wine to breathe for at least a couple of minutes. Patience for the wine and preparation for the meal create a tango of deliciousness.

The Wine Rack Site’s Top 5 picks for delicious dishes to dance with when doing the Cab Sav tango are:

wine rack site grilled steakGrilled Steak

Cooked medium rare to medium well-done.

Many commentators claim that Australian beef is the bet beef in the world.  Some of our CabSav’s are among the best of this red wine classic style.

.                                          Pet them together and you can’t go wrong.

                                         This combination is always a winner.

Roast duck

Impress friends, family, colleagues and clients with the elegance of a roast duck meal.

Duck with orange is the best known classic but don’t forget overlook the crispness of the dry skin in Peking duck dishes.

Compliment either with a South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon to maintain the style.

wine rack site lamb cutlets

Lamb cutlets

Cabernet Sauvignon Loves lamb.  The Wine Rack Site has a long running preference for lamb cutlets complimented with fresh spring vegetables.

Go easy on the dressing, add carrot, corn, onion and tomato.  Pick a warm climate Australian CabSav with Eucalyptus backdrops to create an Australian classic.

This combination works well together and will create an opulent atmosphere at your next home gathering or party, one that wont be forgotten

Meat balls – play it simple with flavoured meatballs, pasta and an accompanying Cab Sav

Beef – any carnivore will love their roast beef and its flavour will only be heightened with this choice of wine

 

So there it is Wine Lovers, 5 simple but effective recipes for a great night out or a wonderful evening in. Remember, like any precious wine, storage is truly everything. Look after you wine and it will look after your taste buds….

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Cabernet Sauvignon added

Cabernet Sauvignon (French: [kabɛʁnɛ soviˈɲɔ̃]) is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Canada's Okanagan Valley to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to the New World where it found new homes in places like California's Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, New Zealand's Hawkes Bay, Australia's Margaret River and Coonawarra regions, and Chile's Maipo Valley and Colchagua. For most of the 20th century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s.[1] Despite its prominence in the industry, the grape is a relatively new variety, the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France. Its popularity is often attributed to its ease of cultivation—the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and naturally low yielding, budding late to avoid frost and resistant to viticultural hazards such as rot and insects—and to its consistent presentation of structure and flavours which express the typical character ("typicity") of the variety. Familiarity and ease of pronunciation have helped to sell Cabernet Sauvignon wines to consumers, even when from unfamiliar wine regions. Its widespread popularity has also contributed to criticism of the grape as a "colonizer" that takes over wine regions at the expense of native grape varieties.[2] The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine's aging potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. In more moderate climates the blackcurrant notes are often seen with black cherry and black olive notes while in very hot climates the currant flavors can veer towards the over-ripe and "jammy" side. In parts of Australia, particularly the Coonawarra wine region of South Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to have a characteristic eucalyptus or menthol notes.[3]Cabernet Sauvignon has been added to the Basic Wine Variety Guide.

Click this link to go to that guide.

Guide

For a little more on Cabernet Sauvignon, keep reading here.

Cabernet Saugvignon is often shorted to CabSav and is one of the world’s most widely planted grape varieties and one on the most discussed wines.  Its reputation as a premium quality wine is widely accepted in the industry and among consumers.

Next week, our editor will present his thoughts on meals to compliment this wine.  Don’t miss that on Friday 22 July 2017. Continue reading “Cabernet Sauvignon added” »

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Index of Posts

The list below contains a link to all posts on this site.

Last update 1 July 2017.

General Posts Index

Discussions Upgraded

Facebook Launch

Flat Principle

Flat Principle – More of

John Baruzzi Interview

How to Build A Wine Rack

Index of Posts

Invitation to join or contribute to the Discussions forum

More of the Flat Principle

New Blog Wine Rack Site discussion forum commenced

Pinot Grigio added to Wine Guide

Pinot Grigio Dining

Semillon added to Wine Guide

Why Store Horizontally

Wine Rack – How to Build

Wineries

Wine Reviews

Wine Variety Guide

Wine Reviews

Fox Creek Vixen

Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Wineries

Australian Boutique Premium Wines

Wine Supply Australia

 

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Corked Wine

What does it mean when your wine is ‘corked’?

Wine Rack Site discusses what cork is and what it means when a wine is corkedWe were asked recently, what it means if a wine is “Corked”.  So lets just run through the basics first.

We all know why we use a cork in traditional wine bottling.  Put simply, it’s a cost effective way of sealing in the fermented goodness of the  grapes.  Cork wood is a flexible and malleable wood that is still very strong.  If you want to know more about cork, both the tree and how the product is made, click the picture at right for the Wikipedia explanation.

Cork can be squeezed and compacted but then re-expanded when it is released.  This is how to create the vital seal that will keep the precious wine in and unwanted oxygen out.  When the cork has been squeezed into the nect of the bottle the wine can then be allowed to age further inside the bottle.  One this is done and you lay the bottle down FLAT, you will have a good seal.  As you read this you may have wondered why the word FLAT is in capitals and made bold.  That is to remind you of a new post coming in July 2017 about the FLAT storage system that is a creation of the Wine Rack Site and explains how to store wine and why.

Wine Rack Site show how to insert a corkscrewThe ability to unscrew or remove a cork is also a social measure and often a source of entertainment when one witnesses someone trying to open their bottle in vain.  The key is to start by very carefully inserting the corkscrew into the very centre of the cork.  Gently screw in until as much of the screw as possible is in the cork, making sure never to go all the way through or let the screw touch the glass.  Now pull the cork out gently and particularly for bubbly wines, slowly.

So what does it mean when someone refers to a bottle of wine as being corked?

Simply described, it is a term used to describe a wine that has been contaminated with the taste of cork.  Essentially, the proper flavour of the wine is spoiled and most wine drinkers would consider the wine completely ruined and useless at this point.  For those looking for a more technical answer, the term ‘corked’ or ‘cork tainted’ refers to the taste and odour caused by the introduction of a chemical called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) that is found in many corks.

This scenario can occur during bottling, during storage and also during the opening of a wine.  Some experts put the percentage of wine bottles contaminated with cork taint as high as 5 percent.  The two parts of the process we (the consumer) can control is the correct and safe storage of wine as well as correctly opening the bottle.

Practice with opening a bottle will help with this side of things.  Most important, as mentioned above, is not to let the corkscrew go all the way through the cork.  Every time you open a new bottle, take a little smell the aroma from the bottle as well as the glass.  A mouldy aroma will be a give away sign that your wine has become tainted.

With the storage, taking a look at the offering the Wine Rack Site has available will help you avoid the most common problems with storage causing cork tainting.  Keeping your wine store laying FLAT will help more than any other single factor.  The other principles will be explained next month will reduce the chances of your wine being spoiled. 

Wine Rack Site Go Shopping

12 Bottle DIY Wine Rack Kit
The Wine Rack Store advises that you Store Your Wine FLAT

Good luck wine lovers and keep reading.

The FLAT system is well worth reading and will appear July 2017.

 

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Semillon added to Wine Guide

Sémillon added to our “Basic Guide to Wine Varieties

The Wine Rack Site presents - Pokolbin Estate Semillon, Hunter ValleySemillon is a grape with golden skin colour and is used to make both dry and sweet white wines.

The grape is common in France and Australia with some Australian plantations believed to date back to 1840. 

Many fine wine experts rate  the Hunter Valley as the world leading production area for Semillon.  Continue reading “Semillon added to Wine Guide” »

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Wine Variety Guide

The Wine Rack Site logoThe Wine Rack Site is creating a new

“Basic Guide to Wine Varieties”

to help you gain an understanding of wine. 

Next week, on Saturday 27 May 2017, you will be able to be able follow this link to the guide:

“Basic Guide to Wine Varieties”

The guide will list some of  the common wine types and have a description for each.

Over coming months, we will add new wines to the list to expand your knowledge.  When the more common wines have been added, we will then expand into some of the more exotic varieties.

We have included below, a sample of what to expect:-

A Wine Rack Site favourite - Fox Creek Shadow's Run Unwooded Chardonnay

Chardonnay

This is a green skinned grape used to produce white wine.  

Chardonnay is sometimes overlooked when a person is seeking a nice wine.  It is often forgotten that Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines including Champagne.

Chardonnay is planted throughout the world.  The Fox Creek Shadow’s Run Unwooded Chardonnay is a Wine Rack Site Favourite.

It is usually had a light to medium body with the common flavours having a hint of apple, pear or green plums.  In some warmer regions (including McLaren Vale, South Australia, home of Fox Creek) you will find peach and melon citrus flavours.   

Chardonnay was first produced in the Burgundy wine region of France and is now common in Australia and New Zealand. 

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John Baruzzi Interview

Wine Supply Australia

John Baruzzi is a Wine Making Artisan, a talented craftsman using his formal training and multi-national wine making experience to bear on his personal creations, available now at Wine Supply Australia

John says he was called to wine-making and since graduating in this art form from Adelaide University, he has spent 40 years seeking to perfect his art.  He got a great start working for Penfolds Wines Australia and New Zealand, and Orlando Wyndham Wines in South Australia and supplementing this with experience in Italy and California. Continue reading “John Baruzzi Interview” »

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Discussions Upgraded

 

Cowboy Studio Light Box Set for use with Wine Rack Site "Discussions"The Wine Rack Site is quite new to blogging.  We created our “Discussions” page  and forum as a place to discuss wine racks and all things related to wine racks.

Followers of the Wine Rack Site will notice over the  next few months, quite a few changes in the look and feel of the Discussions pages.  Most of the changes will be because our team are learning about blogging and working to do a better job of it.

We will be creating video blogs in the near future.  These will include video reviews on wine racks, wines, wineries and the people we are associated with the Wine Rack Site.  They will also include “How To” videos.  Our first video production related to blogging was to create a video to  show our valued clients, how easy it is to build one of our wine rack kits.  Head one over toHow to Build a Wine Rackto see Brad explain it all in a simple, video instruction.  Continue reading “Discussions Upgraded” »

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Invitation

Wine Rack Site Woman BloggingThe Wine Rack Site recently commenced a blog on our site, entitled “Discussions“. 

The Wine Rack Site will open up the Discussions blog to any topic related to wine racks.  We have already added a couple of posts to the site and invite our friends and clients to check them out.  They are listed at the end of this post.

Some of the categories we will be discussing include:

  • Wineries
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine Rack Construction
  • Wine Rack Use
  • Wine Storage Options ……

Continue reading “Invitation” »

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Australian Boutique Premium Wines

Australian Boutique Premium Wines - McLaren Flat - South AustraliaThe Wine Rack Site recently had the pleasure of meeting Bob Harrison at Australian Boutique Premium Wines in McLaren Flat, South Australia.

McLaren Flat is nestled in the Southern Hills of Adelaide, a part of the famous McLaren Vale Wine Region.  This region is located some 35 kilometres South of Adelaide City and is internationally renowned for the wines it produces.   When  the Wine Rack Site did a bit of checking, we found there were almost 100 cellar doors in the McLaren Vale district.  Today we are focusing on one with a few unique characteristics worthy of your consideration……..
Continue reading “Australian Boutique Premium Wines” »

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New Blog

Wine Rack Site BloggingThe Wine Rack Site is commencing a blog on all things connected with Wine Racks.  Topics may include:

  • Wineries
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine Rack Construction
  • Wine Rack Use
  • Wine Storage Options

The Wine Rack Site will definitely be doing wine reviews.  The site will be reviewing a select number of wines in the coming months.  To be reviewed on this site, a wine will need to be one either that is either: Read More Now

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Fox Creek Vixen

Wine Rack Site Review Wine | Fox Creek VixenToday, I am presenting to you, my very first Wine Review for the Wine Rack Site.  This review and others to follow, will be a personal review intended give you a feeling for a wine that I enjoy.

What better way to start then, than with this notable wine from the Fox Creek Winery in McLaren Vale.  Fox creek is the home to my own, number one favourite wine in any category, the Shadow’s Run Unwooded ChardonnayI will no doubt, review that one at some time.  It was on a trip to their cellar door to pick up some Shadow’s Run, that the staff pointed at the new wine in their range, the Fox Creek Arctic Fox Cuvee.

I bought one for a friend and one to try myself.  I am so glad I did. Continue reading “Fox Creek Vixen” »

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Facebook Launch

faccebook-launchThe Wine Rack Site held an official launch for our Facebook page on Friday 21 October 2016.

Click on the picture to go straight there.

The main thing to know here though, is that if you are looking to buy any of the wooden wine racks featured on this site, put Facebook Launch in the coupon code and you will get a 10% discount of all products as part of our celebrations. READ MORE

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Launch

wineracksite logoThe Wine Rack Site has its official launch

Shortly

The site is ready NOW to process your order.

The National Wine Centre

We will make press releases and be running a social media program based out of this site.

We will be promoting Bordex Wine Racks, Australian Invented, Australia Made to showcase South Australian pride. 

This is the place where you will learn all about the world’s best wine 12 Bottle wine rack kitrack system.

A place to store you prized collection.