The definition of Cabernet Sauvignon is a type of grape originating from vineyards in Bordeaux, France that has now become one of the most popular grape varieties worldwide and has grown not only in France but in California, and many other wine producing regions of the world. Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by a high level of tannin, originating from the skins of the grape, as well as a more vegetable like taste (sometimes described as tasting of asparagus or bell peppers), than some fruitier wines such as Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are hardy and can be grown in many locations, and for this reason are often blended with other grape varieties to produce specific local wines.
In addition to a high level of tannin, Cabernet Sauvignon wines also contain a relatively high level of alcohol, producing a very strong overall flavor, that can potentially overwhelm subtle dishes. Therefore, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are often paired with rich, meaty dishes, particularly ones containing red meat; it is rarely paired with more subtle flavors. The wine also accompanies strong cheeses very well.