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Top 16 California Cabernets for Every Budget

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Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red varietal wine produced in California, sold at all price points and earning much love from wine drinkers for its full body, appetizing tannins and deep flavors of dark berries and oak spice. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs seamlessly with steaks, roasts and especially lamb chops because its grippy texture neatly counterbalances the juicy, fatty effect of animal proteins.

These pairings are not what most people want for their summer parties and picnics, however. So, California Cabernet fans look forward to the arrival of fall, when Cabernet-friendly foods and occasions take over and last through the winter months.

August and September are perfect months to shop for California Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s smart to stock up early so you will have great choices on hand when the time comes to pop the corks. To help with your Cabernet buying decisions, we skimmed the cream off the top of the 849 California Cabernet Sauvignons our team reviewed in blind tastings over the last 12 months.

The recommendations below show how easy it is to find good Cabernets priced as low as $10 a bottle to as high as $250.