If you find classic claret too dry and New World cabernets too big and broody, here is a fresh alternative, with all the black fruit you could want but without the headaches. Here on this northerly Adriatic peninsula, where Alpine and Mediterranean climates meet in harmony, cabernet sauvignon grapes ripen beautifully without producing excessive alcohol. Try it with simpled grilled lamb or even sea bass, and discover the lightness of being Istria: all the pleasure and no pain.