Foods to pair with cab sav
Look, with food pairings we always say you know you; whatever wine you enjoy drinking with your favourite foods, that’s the pairing for you.
But that said… if you’re reaching for the cab sav and want some suggestions as to what could go great with it, look no further. Here’s five of our faves.
The acidity and tannin of cab sav loves to be matched up with juicy, hearty, fattier red meats - we’re talking your ribeye or porterhouse steak cuts (or whatever is your fave). The tannin is going to bind to the protein of the meat to help you digest it, and the acidity will help cut through that fat (and refresh you between mouthfuls). And hey - let’s not stand on ceremony here. Grab a bun, a burger, a slice of cheese and pour yourself a glass. Cab sav loves a cheeseburger.
Check out: Pirramimma Heritage Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
If you’re not into (or taking a break from) meat, substitute it for the old classic grilled portobello mushroom, topped with some melted (spoiler alert for our next pairing suggestion) blue cheese. Yes please. The earthy mushroom and tangy cheese will hang loose and party with cab sav.
Check out: Kilikanoon Golden Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
A full-bodied, bold red like cab sav can stand up to the robust flavour of blue cheese, creating a delicious contrast. Big fruits, tannin and refreshing acidity are all going to be backing you up as you load up another plateful and ignore the urgent texts from your cardiologist.
Check out: La Bollina Corte Medicea Eklektos Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Braised short ribs
Look, we won’t hide it - cab sav, with all its tannin, is a meat-lover's dream of a wine pairing. And braised short ribs is the pairing that cab sav dreams about. Slow-cook them until they’re just falling off the bone and they’re a match made in heaven for a big, bold cab sav. The tannins in the wine slice right through the rich, juicy meat, while thost dark fruits are richly contrasted against the deep savoury flavours of the dish.
Check out: Lou Miranda Estate Golden Lion Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Roast leg of lamb, or lamb chops
But wait, there's more! If you're looking for a dish with a little more herbaceous flair, then you've got to try the roast leg of lamb or some succulent lamb chops. The gaminess of the lamb pairs beautifully with the minty-herbal notes of cab sav, especially when seasoned with some rosemary. Grilling or roasting the lamb unlocks a whole new world of flavours and textures, taking your taste buds on a journey they won't soon forget.
Check out: Tabali Dom Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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