A Taste of Autumn Bliss: Cabernet Franc and Cozy Fall Stew

A Taste of Autumn Bliss: Cabernet Franc and Cozy Fall Stew

  • Rebecca Traynor

As the leaves turn shades of crimson and gold and the air takes on a crisp edge, it's the perfect time to embrace the cozy comforts of fall. And what better way to do that than by savoring a hearty stew paired with a glass of Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc? This delightful combination is a match made in culinary heaven, promising warmth, flavor, and pure enjoyment for two.

Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc: A Taste of Elegance

Before we delve into the recipes, let's reintroduce you to Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc. Crafted with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, this wine is a testament to our commitment to quality winemaking. Aged in French oak barrels for nine months and blended to perfection, it offers a rich aroma of black cherry, fig, clove, and chocolate, with intriguing hints of anise and peppercorn. Its soft, rich palate and balanced acidity make it an ideal choice for a cozy fall meal.

Recipe 1: Hearty Fall Stew for Two


  • 1/2 lb (225g) beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine 
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced butternut squash
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef pieces and brown them on all sides. Remove and set aside.

  2. In the same pot, add the chopped onion, carrot, and celery. Sauté until they start to soften.

  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

  4. Pour in the Cabernet Franc wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.

  5. Return the browned beef to the pot and add beef broth, diced tomatoes, potatoes, butternut squash, thyme, salt, and pepper.

  6. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.

  7. Serve hot in bowls, garnished with fresh herbs if desired. Don't forget to pour a glass of Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc to accompany this comforting meal.

Recipe 2: Delectable Dessert for Two

Pair your fall stew with a dessert that perfectly complements the rich flavors of the Cabernet Franc.


  • 2 slices of pumpkin pie (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • A pinch of cinnamon


  1. Warm the slices of pumpkin pie in the oven or microwave.

  2. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on each warm pie slice.

  3. Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the top.

  4. Serve alongside your glass of Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc for a sweet finale to your fall feast.

Experience the Harmony of Fall Flavors with Traynor Vineyard

Now that your culinary journey is complete, it's time to sit back, relax, and savor every bite and sip. The hearty fall stew and delectable dessert perfectly complement Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc, enhancing the nuances of this exceptional wine.

To explore this wine further and add a bottle to your collection, visit Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc product page here. And if you're inspired to discover more food and wine pairings, Traynor Vineyard has an array of options to explore on their website. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the warmth and elegance of fall with Traynor Vineyard's Cabernet Franc.