Cabernet State of Mind

5 Delicious recipes and pairing beyond red meat


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Cabernet State of Mind
Having just returned from California, and Napa Valley specifically, I’m in a bit of a Cabernet state of mind, not that there is anything wrong with that. Napa is, after all, Cabernet Central; though many other fine wines can be found there, there is something about Napa Valley that just elicits a Cabernet Sauvignon kinda feeling.
I enjoyed quite a few examples of Cabernet during my visits, and the truth is that while there is a very definite Napa Valley style, there are also wines that are working the fringes, either being over the top or showing restraint and elegance. This generally holds true for wines from around the world. Most live in the middle of the preference curve, happily occupied by fruity, soft and rather rich wines, but that is not the end all and be all of Cabernet.
All this got me thinking, specifically thinking of pairing Cabernet with food, and not just big beefy steaks. Is Cabernet food friendly and flexible? You bet. In fact, here are five recipes to get you thinking about pairing Cabernet with some surprising culinary partners.

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  • Snooth User: Rob51
    1244536 22

    Where are the recipes for the food?

    Mar 01, 2013 at 5:40 PM

  • Snooth User: SaginawSue
    1238554 38

    @rob51 Click on the bold lettering that says Chicken recipe's in the first paragraph

    Mar 01, 2013 at 6:38 PM

  • Snooth User: Tiakittie
    1041141 89

    The only pairing I question is the Tuna...and ONLY because some red wine and fish combos can make the fish taste metallic - something about the omega acids interacting with the tannins in the wine. A relatively tannic wine such as Cabernet COULD make your fish taste like aluminum or mercury! I've never tried grilled Tuna with Cab, but I can tell you from experience - Pacific Salmon and Cab=BAD!!!! Beyond that, knock yourselves out - food and wine pairing is about taste, not propriety and tradition!

    Mar 02, 2013 at 10:48 AM

  • I don't know where 2 start about a wine that I had a month or so. Aquinas CAB SAU 07 I think, I like red the most does't matter from were,try 2 stay in the U.S.A.But tried others.I don't how U can taste certain flavors or smell's,but this Aquinas had a taste &smell that I could not forget.By the time I finished the bottle the next day I was HOOKED.I asked were I buy most of my wife's & my wine at AKA FRISCO'S in Frederick,MD.Great place 2 eat also,if I could buy a case or the vineyard,HA HA HA. Placed calls 2 many places,haven't had any luck. ALL GONE!!

    May 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM

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