Here at Round Pond, we love our big, bold Cabernets. While delicious when paired with a juicy steak, this wine works well with so much more! We wanted to highlight this wine's versatility and offer our loyal followers an array of "unexpected" cabernet pairings so you can enjoy this fantastic varietal all year round.
Together with our winemaking team, top sommeliers, owner Ryan MacDonnell and winery chef Jamie Prouten, we set out to create several fantastic summer-inspired recipes that pair perfectly with our cabernets.
We first met to discuss the flavor profiles of each of our cabernets and identify the characteristics to highlight in each recipe. We found that when pairing a wine with a dish, there are a few simple rules to follow that truly help enhance the flavors of each. For instance, if you're preparing an entree that has a high acid content (think lemon or tomato), try pairing it with a wine that is slightly acidic. Also, bold-flavored foods pair well with big, bold wines like cabernet. You generally want to match the richness of the food with the richness of the wine. The tannins in big red wines hold up well and complement the fattiness in the food.
With all our suggestions in mind, Winery Chef Jamie Prouten went back to the drawing board (and cutting board!) to create several standout recipes that deliver summer fresh-from-the-garden produce that pairs perfectly with cabernet. Of course, a tasting party was in order (tough job!) and voila: six new, interesting, flavorful and unexpectedly delicious Cabernet Sauvignon pairings were born just for you.
our 6 Unexpected Cabernet Pairings
just for summer
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