Nothing says romance better than the perfect pairing of steak and wine. Just imagine an evening with your beloved, complete with the best steak meal complemented by the most delicious wine you ever tasted.
But choosing the perfect wine-and-steak pair isn’t as easy as it sounds. In fact, even the slightest mistake can make a huge difference to the meal.
To avoid ruining your romantic evening with an ill-chosen pairing, it helps to understand the basics of picking a wine to go with your steak as well as the different expert-recommended beverages for different kinds of meat.
Picking the Right Wine for Your Steak: The Basics
Not all kinds of wine go well with just any kind of meat. In fact, choosing between white and red wine for chicken, fish, beef and venison can make or break your dinner.
The general rule you must keep in mind is that white goes with white and red goes with red. That means that white wine goes best with chicken and fish meat and red wine is the perfect partner for red meat like venison and beef.
Of course, your quest to come up with the perfect wine-steak match doesn’t end with just choosing between the two hues of the popular beverage — you still need to choose the perfect variant.
You should remember that wines have varying levels of tannin or the element that lends wine a dry feel and complements the fat in red meat. Taking that into consideration, your rule of thumb should be to choose a bolder wine with a fatty meat and a lighter one with lean meat.
Aside from tannin, you should also consider two more factors when picking the best steak from your favorite steakhouse’s menu based on your preferred wine: the meat’s cut and its cook or level of doneness.
Steak Cut and Wine Tannin Level
The cut of the steak can determine whether the type of wine you want to order would go well with it. Again, this is all because of the tannin content of the beverage.
Thickly cut steak such as ribeye, skirt steak, or New York strip often have more fat in it while a leaner steak, like a filet mignon, goes better with wine that has less tannin content.
Steak Cook and Wine Taste
Choosing the perfect steak for various tastes of wine can help prevent one from overpowering the other. In fact, the right choice of a beverage can boost the meat’s flavor significantly.
Case in point: A well-done steak goes best with a juicy wine while an earthier wine (or ones that have been aged longer) may require a medium rare venison or beef on your plate.
5 Best Wines for Different Kinds of Steak
1. Cabernet Sauvignon
If you have a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, you should consider ordering a bold-flavored beef steak with a smoky flavor. It also goes well with steaks topped with pepper and sauce as well as those that ooze with mouthwatering marinade flavor.
This wine is also a great partner for a simple meatloaf made with ground beef and chopped spices like parsley, sage, and onions. Complete this meal by serving it with ketchup and a side dish of mashed potatoes with gravy.
2. California Zinfandel
If you have a bottle of California Zinfandel, you’ll have the time of your life munching on a T-Bone, a porterhouse, or a rib-eye steak with your dearly beloved. This is because the acidity level of this wine is high, which makes it a fitting partner for meat with medium to high levels of fat.
Alternatively, you can also opt to pair this drink with another after-work favorite: hamburgers. While most people may prefer to drink beer while downing a burger with all the fixings like pickles, onions, mustard, and ketchup, you’ll find that sipping Zinfandel with it can make sparks fly inside your mouth.
Known as the most popular red wine in Argentina, the Malbec is an ideal beverage for beef. This versatile red wine has a rich flavor that goes well with almost any meal, especially steaks.
4. Beaujolais and Dolcetto
Beaujolais and Dolcetto are two sweet red wines that are perfect for pairing with simple-cut stir-fried beef. Having it with diagonally sliced stir-fried meat tossed with fresh vegetables and Asian spices is the right decision since it the sweetness of the beverage complements the spiciness of the meal perfectly and helps prepare you for another savory bite.
5. Cinsault, Merlot, and other light- and medium-bodied wines
Best paired with lean cuts such as round roast and sirloin, these wines contain more acid that serves as palate cleansers. Sipping Cinsault, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and other light or medium wines will help prepare you for the next bite of meat.
Find Your Perfect Match
The perfect wine-and-steak pairing can make a routine visit to your favorite steakhouse seem like a pleasurable and unforgettable romantic date. All you need is to understand the different types of wine that can bring out the best flavors and textures in expertly cooked meat.
Sit down to a steak dinner with loved ones and friends at Boa today and experience bliss for yourself.