Wine For Steak
Winemakers in France have long appreciated the delicate nature of this dark red fruit. A full bodied, syrah-hued red perfect for bold steak pairings. The French Wine For Steak began in France, where the Cabernet grape gained international popularity for an alluring, authentic taste profile. Its roundness and deep fruity undertones are complimented by the syrah grape, whose delicate acidity and crispiness are also complimented by the intense roundness of the Pinot Noir. Although historically considered an inferior wine, winemakers in France have developed an incredible closeness to the wine's taste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir have all were made into premium red wine blends for use in high end dining restaurants around the world. Whether using cutlery or a more casual meal like grilled chicken or steak, your favorite red wine goes perfectly with your meal. Syrahs from France and cabernets sauvignons from California both offer an earthy aroma that works perfectly with a grilled steak. The rich roundness of Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with the succulent texture and subtle peppery flavors of the beef. Merlot offers similarly bold flavors, but with a softer aroma that works perfectly with medium rare steaks. It's also a great match for grilled fish or milder vegetables. Malbec is another heavy-bodied red wine that goes well with steak, lamb and game. Pinot noir, or white wine, is the perfect match for most meats. Its delicate flavor is perfect with sweet sauces like those on grilled shrimp, filet mignon and chicken. Sharp cheddar cheese and onions along with a spicy tomato sauce also work well with pinot noir wine.
Syrahs and Pinots
Syrahs are lighter than pinot noir and provide flavors of berries and honey that are almost fruity. Pair one with a sweet balsamic vinegar or a tangy soy sauce and your steak will be complete. Shiraz and Merlot are also a great match for a juicy piece of steak. The intense flavor of Shiraz pairs perfectly with the rich beefiness of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrahs may not quite be as robust as Cabernet Sauvignon, but the difference is barely noticeable. These two wines complement each other perfectly by allowing their respective characteristics to shine through. Sharp as a blade, the acidity of Shiraz cuts the steak cleanly and helps it releases its juices in a rich fashion while the complex flavor of Merlot works well with the delicate texture and flavor of the beef. The classic French style of red wine is often paired very well with grilled steak. Sharp as a knife, white Cabernet Sauvignon works well with the rich juices of the beef as it absorbs the juices and allows them to soak into the meat. Merlot is another great choice, as it works well with medium rare steaks and will release its juice slowly to allow the flavors to develop slowly as well. By using a Syrah or a good Shiraz wine, you can ensure that you will have an absolutely delicious meal. Perhaps you're not ready to go all out with red, but you do have some white wines that would go nicely with great steak dishes.
BBQ and Other
For example, if you have a piece of white pinot noir, a delicate salmon roll or even a BLT with BBQ sauce could be finished nicely with a nice crisp white wine. If there are pinots on the vine, you could try a nice crisp sherry or brandy for a nice change of pace and even a nice Chardonnay if you prefer a dryer Shiraz. One of the best things about a great steak dinner is that you can literally pair almost any meat with almost any red wine. Some people stick to using only white wines with their steak dinner, but you'll find that a nice red wine can be complementary to just about any type of steak. Even if your favorite kind of beef doesn't pair well with a particular wine, you can always try different ones until you find one that works. Just remember that when you're choosing a wine for a steak dinner, it's important to choose one that is meant to be a meal wine. This means that it should stand up to the heat and the way that the meat is being cooked. Choosing a wine that is meant to be a meal wine will allow you to enjoy your meal more than if you had chosen a wine that was simply meant to be used to finish off a meal.