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Cabernet – Petit Verdot is a blend of two red Bordeaux grape varieties. Most of these wines would fall under the Bordeaux blend classification, but there has been renewed interest in the inky-dark Petit Verdot, with winemakers looking to express the nuances of that grape, augmented by the better-known Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Franc.

Interestingly, the blend is rarely used in France, where both varieties originated. Instead the French prefer to add other, more flavorful varieties such as Merlot or Syrah to give the wine more complexity. The blend is most popular in South Africa where producers look to balance the strong flavors and structure of South African Cabernet with the more delicate, but deeply colored, Petit Verdot.

Food matches for Cabernet – Petit Verdot include:

  • Grilled flank steak
  • Meatloaf
  • Beef and onion stew

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