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6 Amazing Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wines for Wine Lovers

6 Amazing Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wines for Wine Lovers

If you are into red wines, or any wine, as a matter of fact, you will know the world famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines; with their classic full-bodied flavor, delicate acidity, and high tannins. Made from the variety of grapes with similar names, the Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed the top spot in the most popularly planted grape varieties for a good part of the 20th Century. Almost every wine-producing country in the world; from southern Europe to South America, to even Australia, produces the wines from these grapes. And it is believed that the flavor of the wine is highly dependent on the climate of the place in which the grapes are grown from which the wine is made.

It is known to have different flavors ranging from oak flavor to the flavor of olives and bell peppers. The Australian variant is said to inspire a eucalyptus or menthol feeling to the palate. But, the wine-lovers all over the world will attest to the fact that nothing beats the firmness in the flavor and the texture of Napa Valley wines of Southern California!

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With warmer day and colder night temperatures, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes thrive in the lovely climate of the California wine region. Today, the Napa Valley is home to over 400 vineyards, all producing an exceptional quality of wine, and drawing in tourists in hoards. In fact, it was the Cabernet Sauvignon that put the Napa Valley on the map. In the famous Paris Tasting of 1976, French wine tasters were blindfolded, and made to taste variants of the exquisite wine from France and California; Bordeaux reds, white burgundies, Napa’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the spread, was spectacular, and the competition was stiff. Napa’s Stag Leap Wine and Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon took the lead, and there has been no looking back for the valley since then.

Here is an expert compilation of a list of six of the best Cabernet Sauvignons from the valley that you must put on your bucket list if you’re a wine lover. Even if you aren’t, these wines are so flavourful and rich, that they have a hundred percent chance of turning you in their favor! Read on to pick your favorite from the lot.

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1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon

Known as the real cult Cabernet Sauvignon of the Napa, Screaming Eagle bottles just a few hundred cases of wine every year. Rumour has it that its popularity has increased to an extent where the vineyard has even stopped taking applications for its waiting list! The elegance and fullness of a Screaming Eagles are often compared to that of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignons. It is a must try, at a release price of $750 a bottle.

2. Kukeri Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

This brand of wines intends to be an embodiment of both, old tradition, and mystical symbolism. It is the brainchild of a well-known winemaker and founder of VinoEnology, Petar Kirilov, and is arguably the best wine on this list. With a dense and concentrated flavor, the Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon has just the right balance of dark and sweet, with herby overtones. Priced at $90, the Kukeri Cabernet Sauvignon is a steal! Also worth a mention is its sister-manufacture, the Kukeri Pinot Noir, which could put most of the French variants to shame!

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3. Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Spottswoode is considered to be a reliable maker of classic wines and has a long and illustrious history of being the best in its class and a top producer. They have made themselves better with time over the past few years, and have been doing an excellent job producing delicious wines over these years. At a price of $110 a bottle, this fruitful wine could be enjoyed best on a warm summer afternoon in the Californian sun.

4. Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon

This line is a new kid on the block, and was started as late as 2003, but has come a long way since! It is considered to be wine with a touch of elegance and comes with an excellent packaging. But be it a good packaging or not, the wine is what ultimately steals the show! The price of Scarecrow’s wines lies anywhere between $245 to $4,500!

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5. Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Silver Oak Cellars, from the very start, set out to specialize in making the finest Cabernet Sauvignons. The best of their lot, the 2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon was barrel-aged for a little over two years, and for twenty months post that in a bottle, and can be bought for anywhere between $80 to $135. The extended barrel aging imparts the flavor of the oak to the wine, giving it a nutty flavor that beautifully complements the fruity wine.

6. Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon and Dalla Valle Maya, two Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc blends but the Dalla Valle Vineyards on the map. They, too, have a waiting list for their premium wines. The price of Dalla Valle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is between $110 and $240, with the Maya being slightly more on the expensive side.

If one were to judge a standoff between these six top-notch wines, the verdict would indicate the Screaming Eagle to be in the lead, closely followed by the Kukeri Mt. Veeder making it into a very close second. Silver Oak and Dalla Valle would tie in the third place, leaving Spottswoode and Scarecrow to take the fifth and sixth places respectively. But, irrespective of the grading, all six vineyards have made use of Mother Nature’s gift to humankind, and produced the wines that are most heavenly! Their very popularity speaks of the intense flavors and aromas that the wines possess are capable of bringing flocks of wine connoisseurs to the table, who are dying to try them out! As much effort as it takes to procure one of these bottles, they are completely worth it.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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