What snacks pair well with cabernet sauvignon?

By Vinomofo
8 months ago
3 min read

You love cabernet?  We do too!  The making of cabernet sauvignon wines was the result of a chance crossing between cabernet franc with sauvignon blanc grape varieties (sounds sorta sexy, right?). 

This happened in the 17th Century.

The supple flavours and aroma of cabernet sauvignon range from heavy fruits such as cherry, blackberry and raspberry, to complex woody and peppery undertones.

At present, this red grape variety is one of the most widely grown grape varieties of the world.  So we thought we would pair the the most popular grape with the best snacks.  

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1.  Beef Jerky:

Beef is the ultimate pairing with cabernet, so if we are going down the snack route, beef jerky makes the ultimate sense.  The chewiness of the jerky holds up to the tannin structure of the cab. The gaminess compliments the cassis. The pepper holds up to the mint and eucalypt.

2. Corn chips:

Cheddar cheese corn chips pair well with the wine’s delicious cherry and black currant flavours.  But, sour cream flavours also make the cabernet really POP!  

Bold, intense flavours like cheddar and spice begs for a more robust wine.  

3.  Veggies and dip:

Serve bitter vegetable snacks with cab, fo sho. Prepare bruschetta toppings or tapenade sauce dips by adding vegetables such as broccoli,  brussel sprouts. The bitterness in these veggies evenly balances the cabernet's bitter tannins.

4.  Pretzels: 

The mighty pretzel has a stronger, nuttier flavour than your standard potato chips, so they can stand up to a bigger wine. 

5.  Hard cheese:

Wines with a long finish, such as cabernet sauvignon, demand cheeses with complex flavours that can stand up to that finish, and aged cheddars tend to be the best pairing for various styles of cabernet sauvignon. 

Cabernet ages like a fine wine (just like you, mofo), so if in doubt, choose aged cheddar.  Colby, gouda or roquefort are also fabulous choices.

And, if you really want to impress yourself, follow these rules for pairings:  The flavours in the cheese and wine will compliment each other to enhance their taste. Play with the combinations within these guidelines to find the pairing that you like best.

6.  Dark chocolate.

This flirty and delicious duo works phenomenally because the chocolate mellows the tannins in the wine, but rich, dark cabernet sauvignon has enough fruit and structure to withstand the boldness of the chocolate. Just add a classic film like Breakfast at Tiffany's and you've got yourself a heavenly night in.

You probably want to window shop cabernet wines online now, mofo. 

We've got you covered.  

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