Cabernet sauvignon is a popular red wine produced from cabernet grapes, which are the base for several good quality red wines. The supple flavors and aroma of cabernet sauvignon range from heavy fruits such as cherry, blackberry and raspberry, to complex woody and peppery undertones. Pair deep-flavored appetizers with the heavy-textured cabernet sauvignon to ensure that the wine blends well with your hors d’oeuvres.
Combine hard and aged full-flavored cheeses with cabernet sauvignon. Cheeses such as cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano and asiago pair well with cabernet.
Accompany red meat appetizers such as prosciutto ham with cabernet sauvignon. Roll-up thin slices of seasoned, cured or air-dried prosciutto ham along with a slice each of romaine lettuce leaves and Brie cheese and serve at room temperature or chilled alongside cabernet sauvignon.
Serve bitter flavored vegetable appetizers with cabernet sauvignon. Prepare bruschetta toppings or tapenade sauce dips by adding vegetables such as broccoli rabe, grilled radicchio or roasted Brussels sprouts. The bitterness in these vegetables evenly balances the cabernet’s bitter tannins.
References and ResourcesTop Appetizer Recipes: Wine Tasting Appetizers
Silverado Trails Wineries; Cabernet Sauvignon Appetizer Pairing; September 2009
Matching Food & Wine; So What Do You Pair With A Blockbuster Cabernet?; Fiona Beckett; November 2006
ResourcesBeekman Wines & Liquors: Wine And Food
Fine Dinings: Prosciutto Rollup Appetizers
Project Foodie; Food And Wine Pairing; Heather Jones