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Rock Hudson Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
California

Giant (1956)
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Rock Hudson was Oscar-nominated for this big-screen epic about the ups and downs of a Texas rancher. Starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, in his final film performance, Hudson dazzles in the most dramatic role of his career, one that sees his character age three decades into the future and confront both family drama and changing social values. This bold Cabernet – king of the reds – is an obvious pairing for such a ‘giant’ of a film.

THE WINE

Celebrated for his rugged good looks and suave persona (not to mention for opening a bottle of wine with his teeth in 1955’s All That Heaven Allows), Rock Hudson is one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men. What better way to pay homage than with the world’s most famous grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet is known for its commanding performances in California, and this leading grape ripened to perfection during the stellar 2017 vintage. You’re in for layers of sumptuous black currant, blackberry, and black cherry decadence.

THE VINTAGE

The good news keeps on coming for fans of California wine. Following a string of fantastic years from 2012 to 2016, the Golden State had another great harvest in 2017. After years of drought, the vines were replenished by much-needed winter rains before enjoying a long, hot summer that ripened the fruit to perfection. Wine Enthusiast says it best: “California’s 2017 vintage is excellent.”

THE GRAPE

GI_grapes_Spain_CabernetCabernet Sauvignon is arguably the world’s most noble red grape – grown in nearly every wine-producing country across the globe. Its popularity among growers is often attributed to ease of cultivation – it’s a grape with thick skins and hardy vines that are resistant to rot and frost. And it’s always a hit with wine lovers thanks to its ability to produce rich, blackcurrant-filled, long-lived reds.

WITH FOOD

beef_brisket (1)This debonair and commanding Cabernet deserves an equally full-flavored food pairing. Red meat is the classic costar. Try peppery beef brisket, garlicky lamb chops, or even bison burgers. You could also go for a traditional beef and potato stew. If meat isn’t on the menu, serve this bold Cab with hearty vegetarian dishes, such as eggplant Parmesan or quinoa-stuffed red peppers.

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