Bringing Together the Best, Great Food Pairings for the Cabernet Sauvignon

By: Stephen John


Wine by itself can already be a daunting subject for most people. Add to that the various types and makes of wine and you can find yourself experiencing cold and sweaty palms. Figuring out which wine is best paired with what food, can bring on a full-scale meltdown. Not really.

In pairing wine and food, experts have advised time and time again that there are only four simple rules to follow: donít match strong wines with delicate foods, acidity is not the enemy, it is your friend, tannins are best paired with foods that have high fat content and never upstage a star wine, like the Cabernet Sauvignon, with highly complex dishes. The simpler your dish with this wine, the better it will taste.

Popularly referred to as the Wine of Kings, the Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, complex wine that is no match for dishes that are less than bold and challenging because of its high tannin content. It is definitely not meant for light and delicate dishes and cannot be paired with fish or vegetable dishes because having nothing to counteract the bitterness of the wine, will make the pairing a rather unpleasant experience. For vegans, the Cabernet Sauvignon is best paired with bitter-tasting veggies like the eggplant, arugula or radicchio, since the bitter component in each is significantly reduced.

Perhaps it is no wonder that the Cabernet Sauvignon is reserved only for the most complex and flavorful dishes because it is one of those red wines that are not only challenging to make, but the grape itself is quite a challenge to grow. Cabernet grapes are small and black, with very tough skins that make the grapes quite resistant to disease and enable them to withstand hard, autumn rains and are what gives the wine its hard tannins. The fact that the grapes are adaptable, and can grow in almost any region in the world thatís not too cool, makes the Cabernet Sauvignon wine one of the most sought-after red wines in the world. Read up on more about Cabernet Sauvignon grapes here.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by its strong flavor profile that consists of plum, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, warm spice, vanilla, black currant, eucalyptus, mint, tobacco and coffee beans, sometimes with hints of leathery aromas or cut wood. The high tannin content also serves to provide structure and support to these rich fruit characteristics. And because the Cabernet Sauvignon takes a while to age (5-10 years is the optimal maturation process peak), its flavors become really mellow, making it ideal for wine blending as well, particularly with the Merlot. With this blending, the Cabernetís flavors soften, enhancing its fruity overtones without compromising its complexity. Visit website here for more reasons on why the Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of the vineyards.

An important note to remember when pairing the Cabernet Sauvignon with meats like steak, ostrich and buffalo is that youíll want to tame the tannins, so it is essential not to overcook these meats so as not to lessen the fat and protein components that will help your dish blend well with this wine. As mentioned earlier, fish dishes donít usually go well with this wine but if you use fish that donít have too much oil content like tuna, swordfish and shark, you should be fairly successful at pairing it especially when the fishes are grilled.

For cheeses, the wine is best paired with mild to moderate cheeses. The Cabernet Sauvignon generally goes best with cheeses made from cowís milk or the washed rind variety of cowís milk cheeses. Examples of these cheesy counterparts would be the Gouda, Le Moulis, Scharfe Maxx and the Roomano, to name a few. While the wine may also be paired with blue cheese varieties, it may be fair to warn those who try that the taste outcome may not be ideal, due to the fact that the flavors have a tendency to clash in your mouth. For more on the best types of Cabernet Sauvignon to drink with your meals, check out online wine shops like Winemarket.com.au here for not only the best but also the most affordable choices.

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