Cabernet Sauvignon Wins Wine World’s Popularity Contest

A colossal new study, “Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where?” conducted by researchers at University of Adelaide tracks worldwide wine planting trends since 2000 as reported by Ray Isle for CNN’s Eatocracy. Geeks can download the data-heavy study for free and bulk up on trivia—who would have guessed that Syrah is the most commonly cultivated wine grape in Thailand? The empirical evidence indicates that Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape variety in the world displacing Airén—a Spanish grape that has been dismissed for its blandess—and in celebration Isle offers advice on bargain bottles from around the world including South Africa’s 2013 Mulderbosch Rosé ($10) and California’s 2012 Foxglove ($15). [Eatocracy]