Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most complex and layered wines out there. It has a high amount of tannins and savory notes of warm earth and tobacco. However, Cabernets can have varied flavors because they are produced in a wide variety of climates and regions around the world. California has over 90,000 acres of vineyards that produce Cabernets—19,000 acres are in Napa Valley alone.
California Cabernets emphasize the fruit more than Cabernets produced in the Old-World countries. Many California Cabernets Sauvignons have flavors such as blackberries, cassis, black cherries, and ripe plums that all get tied together with a dash of vanilla. They tend to have a little less tannin and acidity, but more alcohol.
Voir Dire Food Pairings
Theorem Vineyard is known for Voir Dire—a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon produced from our oldest vineyards. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins. Its rich flavors reflect the unique, breathtaking site of Theorem. We believe there is nothing better than pairing Voir Dire with a delicious meal.
Our wines pair incredibly with all kinds of beef. Cuts of beef that aren't lean—such as T-bone, ribeye, or New York strip—go best with bold, full-bodied red wines because tannins tend to "scrape" and remove the fat from the mouth. The fat in the steak cuts down the grip of the tannins and make the wine taste more approachable.
We chose several delicious recipes that would go great with your signature Voir Dire Cabernet Sauvignon.
Easy Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine
Beef-centric dishes pair beautifully with our Theorem Vineyard Voir Dire wine. In this recipe, Chef Ken Frank of La Toque builds a hearty red-wine sauce to pair with Cabernet. "A good sauce is the bridge between the meat and the wine," says Ken Frank. The veal stock ads depth to the flavor and the addition of bright vegetables and buttered egg noodles make this a truly decadent dish for you to enjoy with a glass of your favorite red.
See the recipe for short ribs braised in red winehere.
Thomas Keller’s Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb
You don’t always need to look to beef for a beautiful pairing with Cabernet! For a truly decadent experience, there’s no better option than a beautiful rack of lamb. Lamb is a delicious choice that will stand up to the bold flavors and be sure to delight your guests. In this recipe, Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry takes lamb and coats it with buttered bread crumbs and then makes it even more flavorful with anchovy, rosemary, and garlic. “The anchovies add a salty, savory depth, rather than an anchovy taste, to the breading,” says Thomas.
See the recipe for herb-roasted lambhere.
While steak is the natural pairing for the bold flavors of red wine, veggie lovers don’t need to miss out! There are plenty of robust vegetarian and vegan dishes that will hold up to a beautiful glass of Cabernet. Take, for example, this ratatouille tart. The buttery tart is a mixture of beautiful seasonal vegetables. It’s vibrant, fresh, and sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters—not to mention, it is a stunning display for any table!
See the recipe for ratatouille tarthere.
Our Voir Dire also pairs incredibly well with blue cheese, triple creams, and aged cheddars. The tannins in the wine meld and cut through the fat in the cheese—making them the perfect duo. Continue enjoying our Voir Dire wine with a sweet and savory treat after your meal. This recipe provides four different elegant cheese platers—but you can mix, and match ingredients based on your personal preference.
At the winery, these are the cheeses that we use:
- Chiriboga Blue Cheese from Bavaria, Germany
- Mt Tam from Cowgirl Creamery in Petaluma, CA
- Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Vermont
For those with a sweet tooth, we use Noci Bella walnut terrazzo, which works amazing with our Cabernet. The combination of walnuts, honey, maple syrup, sea salt, and chocolate makes for a truly luxurious bite.
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