Dubbed the “King of Red Wine,” Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most recognized among its red wine counterparts. Medium-to-full-bodied, Cabs often times have flavors of deep red berries, spices, vanilla, or even tobacco. Because of its richer flavors, you will need a cheese that is equally strong to stand up to its heavier flavors. Aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as aged Gouda or aged Cheddar, pair well with Cabernets. Washed-rind cow’s milk cheeses (you know, the pungent guys) and mild blue cheeses are also able to stand up well to Cabs.
Because of the prominent, heavy flavors of Cabernet, you should avoid cheeses that are high in acid (such as goat cheeses), as well as lighter cheeses (such as Brie) as their flavors will be overpowered. Sheep’s milk cheeses may pair well with Cab, but can leave a finish on your palate that is debatable.
Don’t know where to begin? Talk to your local Bottle King Wine Manager and Vineyard Market Cheese Lead. We’d be more than happy to help you find a pairing!