Very few wines are as pervasive as Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted in virtually every major wine-producing region on earth, it is a grape that is easily adapted to a wide variety of growing conditions.

France’s Bordeaux region is considered the birthplace of Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also the birthplace of blending to improve Cabernet based wines. The acceptance of blending Cabernet Sauvignon with other grapes, generally other Bordelaise varieties, but frequently with something more typical of the host vineyard, is one reason for the ubiquity of Cabernet plantings.

Wines styled after Bordeaux have their own name in California, Meritage, it rhymes with heritage, though this style is common around the globe. I recently sat down and tasted through a set of Bordeaux inspired blends. While many were classic blends the inclusion of Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Shiraz signal that we have entered a new, global chapter in the story of Bordeaux styled blends.