It’s St Patrick’s day and the bars are packed with people drinking green beer, listening to Irish music and eating corned beef and cabbage. I’m sitting on my deck, watching the Creighton game and drinking a bottle of Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s the perfect day to sit outside, 66 degrees and sunny. Five years ago I would’ve been one of those fighting the crowds and waiting in line for a green Busch Light! Funny how things change once you start a family.
Available at: Bakers
By the bottle: $14.99
Pairs well with: Beef, Lamb, Poultry, and my refried bean dip!
Winery Web Page: https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/
For a quick snack I warmed up last night’s refried bean dip topped with mozzarella cheese and served it with tortilla chips. (sounds Irish doesn’t it?) I was not sure how it would go with this Cabernet, but it was worth the shot! Frankly, there aren’t any rules that have to be followed when pairing food and wine; it’s a question of what tastes good. Taste and try and see what works—you’ll notice when it does. Honestly, this Cabernet went quite well with this refried bean dip.
The Coppola Cabernet is well balanced. It has an initial burst of rich blackberry flavors with a little sweetness. The finish lingers with spice and oak. It almost reminds me of a Zinfandel. It’s a nice full-bodied wine. I will definitely be returning to Bakers for another bottle of this wine.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!