Cabernet State of Mind

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Pork is actually one of the friendliest meats, primarily because it can be adapted to virtually any style of preparation and the various cuts range from nearly pure, juicy fat to nearly none. For my purposes here, something relatively in the middle would probably be best. I’m looking for a rustic preparation to pair with bold, big wines.  Now rustic doesn’t have to be boring, as these Pork Chops slathered in Sundried Tomato Pesto can attest.

This is going to be an intensely flavored mouthful, and the flavors actually have a lot in common with classic Cabernet notes, which can include both herbs and tomato flavors. Seeing as this is an Italian-influenced dish, it’s worth looking to the Boot for wines to pair with it. Surprisingly, Cabernet does quite well in much of Italy, so your choices are quite broad, ranging from lighter wines in the north to rather full bodied wines that enjoy the Mediterranean warmth of the central and south of the country.

Two to try:

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  • Snooth User: Rob51
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    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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