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Kaylon Kirk has some great tips for pairing your favorite Cabernet with the right food! Kaylon is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

As we welcome in the fall season, it’s time to put away those summer white wines and cozy up to a bottle of smooth and mellow cabernet.  Lucky for us, buying wine this month means helping to fund the fight against cancer.  The California winemakers behind the labels of Dreaming Tree, Clos Du Bois, Estancia, Simi and Wild Horse have teamed up to give big to The V Foundation to fuel the fight against cancer. So this month, as you welcome in the cool weather and shorter days, make it a point to have a nice meal with the perfect wine pairing.  The “Cabernet for a Cure” line of cabernets offers something for any meal or occasion.  

Thank you Constellation Wines for providing wine to the 2012 Jimmy V Classic Dinner. Here is one of the Cabernets from it’s brand, Simi Winery.

The Dreaming Tree cabernet, with its aromas of berries, dry herbs and vanilla goes perfectly with a rack of lamb or your favorite vegetarian lentil salad or both! If you are planning to grill out – or in – you must try the Clos Du Bois Cabernet. It’s blackberry and oaky flavors go great with grilled meat and veggies . The lush black-cherry flavored Estancia Cabernet is the perfect complement to any burger. Try to mix it up with a fun burger recipe this season, like this guacamole burger or this asian-style burger. While we’re talking red meat and red wine, the Simi cabernet is ideal for (my favorite) prime rib. It’s aromas of red cherry, licorice, oak and herbs make it prime rib’s best friend.  Never prepared prime rib before? Check out this easy recipe!  Time for dessert? Try the Wild Horse Cabernet! It has rich, cedar aromas and flavors of cherry, caramel and cobbler that make it the perfect wine for any type of pie – like this yummy boysenberry pie! – or a hard cheese plate.

Which wine is your favorite?