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Wine Pairings 101

February 11, 2019

You have a gorgeous steak to enjoy with your spouse, best friend, neighbor, or even yourself (you deserve some me time, too!), but what to serve beside it?

It's a big question. The right accessory flavors can elevate your meal to the next level, magnify your palate, and create the perfect dinner atmosphere. 

But with so many different wine options out there, how do you know where to start?

Well, we are by no means wine connoisseurs, but we've learned a thing or two over time...

Take a gander at our quick list of tips for our top 3 "date steaks", compiled from the recommendations of the pro's in combination with our limited, but valid personal expertise. ;)

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Ribeye Steak 

Pair it with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel 

Ribeyes are amazing to be simply stated. Pair them with a full bodied wine, like the Cab or Zinfandel; two wines that will stand up well to keep your meal elevated aside an equally rich steak. The rich tannins of these wines help cut through the steak marbling and clear the palate between bites to re-experience that deep, rich beef flavor with each bite. Zinfandel incorporates a bit of spice into the blend.

New York Strip Steak 

Pair it with a Merlot, Rose, or Champagne 

Another full flavor steak, rich with marbling and tender tones. The higher acidity of these lighter wines help to bridge and wonderfully unite the flavors of the wine and steak. These wines also help to lift and compliment, and not overpower the steak, adding delight to your dining experience.

Tenderloin Filet 

Pair it with a Pinot Noir

Filets are an absolute favorite. They are rich and tender, and less fatty than other steak cuts. Pair them with one of these less alcoholic wines that won't overpower the flavor of the steak, but will nicely tie the meal together.

Recommendations of your own? List 'em below! Thanks! :)

Adapted from totalwine.com, wines.com, and Chicago Steak Company.


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