Everyone knows that steak and wine are a match made in heaven, although what wine you select can make all the difference! From flame-kissed sirloin strips to succulent rib-eye, each cut deserves a unique wine companion to bring out the best flavors and textures. You may be surprised by how subtle nuances of steak and wine bring out the best in each other. Here are some tips
Let’s start with seasoning – when in doubt keep it simple! Salt and a good portion of coarsely ground black pepper, allow the cut to flourish within its natural flavors. Popular cuts such as a Rib-Eye are usually characterized by its mouth-watering juiciness due to its higher level of fattiness. Many experts recommend pairing rib-eye with a Cabernet Sauvignon due to its higher tannin's which will help balance this savory piece of meat. Another great choice would be a spicier Zinfandel, fruitier wines contrast well with the robust meatiness in certain cuts.
Here are a few of our selections for a savory steak!
The Calling Alexander Valley Gold Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon presents blackberry and plum aromatics typical of the Alexander Valley. On the palate, the rich fruit is complemented by accents of sweet tobacco, vanilla, chocolate and mocha. The elegant tannins, oak structure and balanced acidity will age this wine for 10-12 years.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Chateau St. Michelle craft their Columbia Valley Cabernet to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. Enjoy it with beef tenderloin or pasta.
Now that you have a better idea on how to pair various steak cuts, it's time for the best part: experimenting with different combinations and preparation methods. Fortunately, it's hard to go wrong with steak and wine; you're bound to have a pleasant dining experience. Please feel free to contact our team with any further questions you may have.