Cabernet Franc – The Best Wine for Vegetarians?


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, but more perfume than a Cabernet Sauvignon .  A well-made Cabernet Franc should have lots of aromas of plum, black current on the nose, plus subtle hints of herbs and green bell peppers, or green olives.

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.  Why not try your next grilled veggie sandwich with a glass of Cabernet Franc the next time you are BBQ’n!

Cabernet Franc will also match up nicely with any tomato based dishes, like Pasta, Bruschetta, or tangy Baked Beans.

Cabernet Franc is for Meat Lovers too

Since Cabernet Franc is lighter to medium bodied, it will pair up just fine with lighter meats such as Chicken or Turkey, along with gamier fare like duck or other game birds.  It also goes along just fine with richer beef dishes like steak or veal.

For the ultimate experience, any of the items mentioned above, grilled, herb crusted, or with an herb sauce will be remarkable with Cabernet Franc.