Cabernet Franc Appetizers

Also Right Bank Bordeaux blends, Zinfandel/Primitivo, and Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo

Cabernet Franc is a medium acid, medium bodied, and medium plus tannic wine. It pairs well with lean, not too fatty beef and many vegetables. Avoid high fat, high salt, or highly acidic foods to go with it.

Baba Ganoush

Cheese Plate – mild and medium sharp Cheddar, Cantal, Edam, Glouchester, Muenster, Provolone (aged), Parmesan, Pecorino, Roncal, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, or Gouda

Castelvetrano pitted olives nonfermented

Toasted baguette rounds with an eggplant bruschetta or a Sicilian Caponata

Hummus plain or infused with garlic, onion, olives, or Za’atar

Cold cuts, beef jerky 

Pecorino Bites

Vegetable tray (broccholi, carrots, green peppers, zucchini) with a yogurt or sour cream chive dip, or a creamy tomatillo dip (substitute sweet green peppers for serrano peppers) or a smoky zucchini dip

Za’a tar – Spiced Popcorn

French Onion Soup Bites

Grilled Sausages with Polenta and Tapenade

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Roasted Salmon and Beets with Herb Vinaigrette

Wrap baby beets (or beet chunks) in bacon, drizzling in butter, draping in thyme, salt and pepper, and roasting until the bacon is crispy. Try soaking the beets in bourbon–or Chinon–first if you have time. (created by Susi Séguret)

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Beef Wellington Bites with a garlic, herbed, or truffle aioli

Vegan Veggie-filled Fritters with a Za’atar Aioli

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