Cabernet Franc & Food Pairing

Cabernet Franc is traditionally blended in with other grapes for Bordeaux or Meritage blends, but some small run vintages offer up some spectacular stand-alone varietal offerings.  Generally, Cabernet Franc will come off as less dense, lighter, Cabernet Sauvignon, but with a bit more perfume or fragrance.  A well-made Cabernet Franc should have lots of aromas of plum, black currant on the nose, plus subtle hints of herbs and green bell peppers, or green olives.

The first Cabernet Franc I fell in love with was from Chateaux Des Charmes.  I just adored the green pepper and olive notes, and enjoyed this wine with many grilled veggie wraps.  Tasting Cabernet Franc on its own, helped me understand Bordeaux’s complexity and balance of grapes.  Other great producers of Cabernet Franc are Tawse, Benziger, Crocker & Starr, Pride Mountain, Bernard Baudry and Chateau de la Grille.

Best Wine for Vegetarians

Food is a necessity with this light, and tart red which really shines when paired with vegetarian dishes.   Anything that contains cabbage, bell peppers, or herbs (particularly rosemary, sage, thyme or saffron), and grilled friendly vegetables like eggplant and zucchini will be zested up by this crisp red.

Veggie Wraps

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Cabernet Franc and Grilled Veggie Wraps

Why not try your next grilled veggie wrap or sandwich with a glass of Cabernet Franc the next time you are BBQ’n!  Saute up some green and red peppers along with onion, zucchini, maybe some eggplant, add a bit of goat cheese, and enjoy with this tart red.

Vegetarian Lasagna and Cabernet Franc

The tart Cabernet Franc is excellent with vegetarian lasagna.  The bell pepper and herb notes simply go well with tomato sauce, whilst complementing the layers of noodles, peppers, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, or any other veggies you may have thrown in there.

In fact, Cabernet Franc will match up nicely with any tomato based dishes, like Pasta, Bruschetta, or tangy Baked Beans.  If you have a zucchini spiralizer, substitute zoodles for pasta noodles for your next spaghetti dish, and enjoy with a Cabernet Franc.

Cabernet Franc & Roasted Chicken

Since Cabernet Franc is lighter to medium bodied, it will pair up just fine with lighter meats such as Chicken or Turkey. These meats tend to be dry and neutral, so the herbal notes in Cabernet Franc tend to liven the dish up.

Cabernet Franc is also excellent with gamier fare like duck or other game birds.  The juicy flavours will help cover up any gamey bird flavours whilst the herbal overtones will complement the dish.

Cabernet Franc and Red Meat

Cab Franc also goes along just fine with richer beef dishes like steak, veal and meatloaf. Cabernet Franc is also a good match with tender bbq ribs or beef stroganoff and beef burritos.

For the ultimate experience, any of the items mentioned above, grilled, herb crusted, or with an herb sauce will be remarkable with Cabernet Franc.  Unfortunately this red doesn’t get a lot of exposure, compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Merlot, so you might have to work harder to track down a great bottle.  However, it’s worth the effort, especially if you pair it with the right dish!


Out of 5
Red WineCabernet FrancSauerkraut4.5
Red WineCabernet FrancRed Bell Pepper4
Red WineCabernet FrancGreen Bell Pepper4
Red WineCabernet FrancVegetarian Lasagna4
Red WineCabernet FrancPizza with Onions and Peppers4
Red WineCabernet FrancVeal4
Red WineCabernet FrancCabbage4
Red WineCabernet FrancRoasted Chicken4
Red WineCabernet FrancCornish Game Hen4
Red WineCabernet FrancGoat Cheese4
Red WineCabernet FrancGrilled Quail 4
Red WineCabernet FrancDuck4
Red WineCabernet FrancGrilled Vegetable Sandwich4
Red WineCabernet FrancPizza4
Red WineCabernet FrancPork Chops3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancPolish Cuisine3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancRed Snapper3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancBBQ Ribs3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancSaffron3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancBaked Beans3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancSteak Filet Mignon3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancMozzarella Sticks3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancTuna3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancBerries3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancCamembert Cheese3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancCouscous3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancGrilled Duck3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancHerbed Dishes3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancMint3.5

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