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Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings

What Food Pairs Best with Cabernet?

Searching for the perfect companion for your Cabernet? This full-bodied, bold red can go nicely with a number of things. From a cheese board featuring a bold bleu, accented with walnuts and pistachios, right into the filet mignon you’re serving as a main, Cabernet can showcase the best flavors of plenty of pairings. We even like it well into the dessert course.

Cabernet Sauvignon is noted for flavors of ripe berry and savory herbs. Since it is grown in a variety of climates around the globe, you can expect different vineyards to produce slightly different flavor profiles. What you can count on, however, is plenty of tannins and a balanced amount of acidity. The end result is a full, rich flavor that is quite bold, yet very palatable.

A few of our suggestions may be expected, like the filet mignon, but a few may take you for a surprise. For example, would you expect that your side dish of beets would bring out the notes of herb and fruit in our big, bold Cab-Sav? Here’s a look at how to perfectly pair your ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon.


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When selecting your Cabernet Sauvignon, region of production is of particular note. You may choose an “Old World” Cabernet, perhaps one from the Bordeaux region of France, or a “New World” Cabernet Sauvignon like our own California Cabernet Sauvignon. Old world versions feature strong tannins and acids with an overall lighter profile, whereas new world versions are a bit fruitier. In a new world Cab-Sav, expect to find notes of vanilla, black cherry, and black pepper. In general, new world wines will have fewer tannins, softer acidity, and a higher alcohol per volume than her old world cousins.

You’ll want to serve your Cabernet in a wide bulb glass, with or without a stem, and at room temperature. The wider the opening of the glass, the easier you’ll be able to experience the wine’s full flavor profile. We recommend removing the cork 15-20 minutes before serving in order to let it “breathe,” or mingle with the air and release its flavor. Any wine that you don’t consume with your meal should be kept in the bottle, recorked, and stored at room temperature. You can expect it to stay fresh for up to three days.

We hope you enjoy!


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