The Perfect Labor Day Weekend BBQ Pairing

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most iconic grape in the American wine world, and has found a forever home at Frank Family Vineyards. Every year on the third Thursday before Labor Day, the world celebrates “International Cabernet Day,” a fun holiday dedicated to our favorite grape. In its honor, Chef Christina is sharing a classic pairing partner for her grilled hanger steak: Frank Family’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

The tannins and acidity of the Cabernet perfectly cut through the fatty and salty flavors of the steak. Additionally, the wine’s full-bodied flavor notes of dark cherry, oak, and nutmeg balance and add complexity to her salsa verde. This pairing is perfect for your season-ending Labor Day Weekend barbecue or an elegant steak dinner at home.


1/4 CupCilantro leaves, rough chop
1 CupArugula leaves, rough chop
1 TablespoonCapers, drained
1 TablespoonAnchovy paste
2 EachGarlic cloves
PinchChili flakes
1/2 TeaspoonCumin
1 TablespoonPepitas
1 TablespoonRed wine vinegar
1/4 CupOlive oil
PinchKosher salt
1 PoundHanger steak
To TasteKosher salt & fresh ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients for the salsa verde in a blender and pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go. Salsa can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated covered.
  2. Preheat grill. Season the hanger steak to taste with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Sear steak to desired doneness, approximately 4 minutes per side for rare/medium rare.
  3. Slice steak against the grain and top with salsa verde to serve. If desired, finish with extra pepitas.