5 Foods to Pair with Cabernet Sauvignon in the Summer

seven oaks cabernet sauvignon food pairings article

This post is sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.

Did you think full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon were only for the colder months? Think again, fellow foodie! There are tons of great ways to enjoy cab sav, whether the weather's hot or cold. In fact, one of our favorite ways to enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon is paired with a bright, summery charcuterie board or in a refreshing summer sangria!

That's why we're thrilled to be partnering with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines to bring you 5 recipes and serving ideas that prove wines like their Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon are perfect for summer. We've got plenty of summery food pairings to go over, so let's go ahead and get started!

In a Stone Fruit Sangria with Arancini

stone fruit sangria arancinisThis first idea from The Jam Lab includes both a sangria and an appetizer! Her sangria recipe features stone fruits like peach and apricot, and is infused with cardamom for a sangria that's completely unique and memorable. Her sangria then pairs beautifully with cheesy, creamy fried arancini, which you'll never want to stop eating! She flavored some of her arancini with saffron and others with beet, then served both with a whole grain mustard aioli—yum!

 

With an Easy Charcuterie Board

charcuterie boardThis gorgeous charcuterie board from Ayana Lage is just one example of how you might assemble a delicious array of cheeses, meats, crackers, and more, to go with the complex flavors of a great Cabernet Sauvignon. She includes things like ripe grapes, bleu cheese, peppered salami, and hot pepper jelly to provide a variety of flavors to please all kinds of palates, making this a great option for when you're enjoying your glass of J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon with a crowd. 

With Crispy Patatas Bravas with Piquillo Pepper Aioli

crispy patatas bravasDenisse, author of Le Petit Eats, loves drinking a nice red wine like J. Lohr Estates's Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon alongside a variety of tapas that can be assembled with ease and keep her out of the kitchen (especially in the heat of summer). She designed this simple dish with that in mind; it consists of fingerling potatoes roasted in the oven and a simple but incredibly flavorful piquillo pepper aioli that brightens it all up! It's almost as low maintenance as popping open the bottle of wine that goes with it!

 

With Chorizo Albondigas and a Tapas Board

chorizo albondigasSpicy meats often go perfectly with structured red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, and these chorizo albondigas from The Crumby Kitchen are no exception. These meatballs are cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and the spice and acidity of the dish contrasts nicely with red wines like this J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon featuring fruity and chocolatey flavors. Serve with a simple tapas board and you've got an amazing Spanish-inspired spread!

 

With Your Favorite Pizza

pizza and wineDoesn't this simple set-up from @sylviatribel look like the perfect way to spend a summer evening? You don't have to put in a lot of effort to create the perfect wine and food pairing, as this picnic of grilled pizza and Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon shows. Sometimes the best option is just ordering in your favorite local pizza and pairing it with your favorite bottle of wine—simple, straightforward, and guaranteed to please!

 

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