King Cab reigns in Pacific Northwest

By on January 12, 2014

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The tasting room and winery at Spangler Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore., is surrounded by old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The tasting room and winery at Spangler Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore., is surrounded by old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo by Loree Spangler/Courtesy of Spangler Vineyards)

It’s known as the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings. It made Bordeaux famous and put California on the world wine map.

In the Pacific Northwest, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most-planted red wine grape. It could well become the top overall variety in Washington in the next few years, thanks to tremendous growth in the Horse Heaven Hills, along the Wahluke Slope and on Red Mountain.

The versatile grape grows well in Southern Oregon, Idaho’s Snake River Valley and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Here are 18 examples of Cabernet Sauvignon we’ve tasted in the past two months. They come from every corner of the Pacific Northwest.

All hail the king.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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