When it comes to big, bold reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is king, especially when grown in California. Despite being born in France (and comprising the backbone of many Bordeaux blends), Cabernet Sauvignon has made a serious name for itself in the Golden State. Fruit-forward, juicy, and perfect with an array of foods, you can’t go wrong with Cab. Get to know California’s sweetheart variety below.

Read this illustrated guide to Cabernet Sauvignon from California