|(Credit: Annefield Vineyards)|
Maipe (Total Wine)
My first choice when it comes to Cabs is Maipe from Argentina. It runs $9.99 at Total Wine and is a very approachable wine but it can still hold its own with a nice steak.
Idea to try: I found this blog which did something that sounds like fun. They did a group blind tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons. They each made comments and rated them before the big reveal of what they were drinking - and if you think the wines on my blog are a deal, you'll love their price points.
Chateau Ste. Michelle ($10.97)
Chateau Ste. Michelle comes to the rescue again! Out of Washington State, it received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and is available at Total Wine.
90 points from Wine Spectator, Waterbrook is another great Washington State wine and is also available at Total Wine.
Cherries, vanilla and chocolate - need I say more? This Washington State Cab is on the upper-end for this blog but hopefully you'll agree that it belongs here. Find it at Total Wine.
Main Street ($9.49)
Available at Total Wine, Main Street is 92% Cab and 8% Petite Sirah (close enough, right?) and is out of California.
On wine glasses: I know people may be skeptical, but I am a big believer that the type of wine glass you use makes a huge difference in how the wine tastes. The shape of the glass and the size of the opening change both the nose and the where the wine hits on the tongue. Take the same wine in two different types of wine glasses and there is a difference.
I have five types of wine glasses which cover most varietals. I went with Riedel's Vinum series, but it depends on what your personal preferences are. Whatever your needs, I guarantee that if you treat yourself to a quality wine glass, you won't regret it.