Wine With Steak
What wine goes with steak? It depends. Strong reds are especially delicious with beef, depending largely on the preparation, seasonings, and accompanying aromas. Here are some general tips, but can also be varied depending on your personal preference. While these will certainly serve, the subtle variables beg for more exploration. There's a big world of robust red wines out there, and a wide range of cuts and methods of cooking beef. So be adventurous. A rich buttery flavor works very well with grilled steak. An earthy taste like that of Merlot or Shiraz works perfectly, as does a sharp but subtle black pepper flavor. Some people are big fan of using Syrah or Zinfandel in conjunction with their marinades. The grape variety, Syrah in particular, tends to have a lower amount of tannins and higher amounts of acidity than the other grapes used to make wine. This makes it an excellent match for heavier dishes like pasta and stew. However, these bold reds don't have to accompany heavy food. Sometimes, a sweet dish can overpower the savor of a rich steak. One example is a meal with fruit.
Taking a dessert to complement the meat is a smart idea, but if the sweetness is overwhelming, then you can consider pairing a dessert with a more understated wine, such as a Zinfandel or Merlot. Another option is to keep your wine selection simple. You want your food to really shine through, so go with a full-bodied red or a delicate white. It goes well with any kind of meat that has a good balance of flavor, texture and acidity. In general French Beaujolais and Italian Sangiovese wineries produce good choices. Sauvignon Blanc and Australian Shiraz are also popular choices. A wine that doesn't have a lot of alcohol in it is even better for cutting the fat and cholesterol. If you are looking for something that tastes sweeter and with less tannin, consider a dessert wine. For example, some of the newer dessert wines, such as raspberry and black currant, have less alcohol content and less sugar. This cuts the calories and sugar without sacrificing the sweetness of the fruit. Even a sweetened white wine from France can be considered healthy. However, even if you aren't looking for a dessert wine, you can still find one that will go well with your steak. A balsamic vinegar taste with a hint of sweetness goes well with sweet steaks. A sharp and sweet flavor from pinot noir goes well with fatty steaks. A buttery flavor from a Chenin Blanc can be paired with medium-rare steaks and a mild onion flavor makes it very nice for chicken. Alcohol plays a part in wine flavor, as does the amount of alcohol. However, if you are trying to cut back on alcohol, look for a wine with a low alcohol content. These days, many bakers are using less alcohol in their breads and cakes. For example, the newer baker's breads and cakes have only about one percent of alcohol. Look for these kinds of options when you are looking for white wines that will go well with steak. Tannin is another factor that can affect the taste of a wine. For example, while Zinfandel and Sauvignon go well together, they are a different kind of wine.
Zinfandel vs. Cabernet
Zinfandel has more tannin than Sauvignon, which is why you often find reds that have a tannic taste to them. Pairing the right wine with a steak will improve the taste. The last factor to consider when matching the right wine to a steak is texture. Many people don't realize how important this is. When you pair a light wine with a juicy piece of steak, it will overwhelm the taste. Instead, pair light meats with fuller-bodied wines. This can allow you to taste the wine and the steak at the same time. Syrah and Shiraz are two of the best reds you can get your hands on. Syrah is full bodied, bold, and flavorsome. While it does go well with grilled, or pork, it is also great with a white fish. Pairing a sweet syrup with a bold, meaty steak can be one of the best options around. The key to selecting the correct wine to go along with your steak is to think about texture. Many people will assume they can just pick up any red wine and match it to a steak. While this may work in certain cases, it usually leads to disappointment. Knowing what goes well with what makes a good steak is the most important factor when choosing a good wine to enjoy with your meal.