In this blog post, we are going to explore what wine goes best with steak. We will give you an in-depth look at some of the most popular wines and show you how they taste alongside a juicy cut of steak.
Is there anything better than enjoying a delicious steak with a glass of red wine? Whether you’re grilling, searing, or broiling your meat, we’ve got the perfect wine pairing for you.
The first thing you’ll need is a delicious cut of meat! Whether it’s tenderloin, filet mignon or hanger steak – there’s no wrong answer when it comes to choosing your favorite cut from the butcher.
Next, pick out your favorite bottle from our list below and get ready for a mouthwatering meal!
WHAT WINE GOES BEST WITH STEAK?
The answer to this question “what is the best wine with steak” has long been debated. In some regions, it is seen as a confrontation between the classic red wine and the more recent “white with meat”. Although both sides have valid arguments, I personally tend to be on the white with meat side of things. Here are my reasons why – stick around till the end and you might even get a recipe for steak on toast!
A quick history lesson about drinking wine throughout history: The Romans loved their wine sweet and sour; often times they would store their wine in barrels that were filled with pine resin. During parties, when men passed out from too much drinking (which was pretty common back then), they would tie bells around their necks so that they could up and leave instead of lying there drunk and unconscious.
From there we went to the early French, well, having a good time. The preferred method for drinking wine back then was to gain access to someone’s home, pee in their vineyards and wait until the grapes were ready for harvest so you could eat and drink away! Pretty gross but it got your fill!
Drinking wine from straws as early as the 17th century also took place which generated a much more refined palette among consumers. Then came along this guy named Bordeaux – he made wine more than just something you drank when you were too poor to afford beer or alcohol (that last one is actually true!). This fellow made white wine more popular than red because he introduced key elements like aging, quality and price.
What does this history lesson have to do with you? Well, everything! It is an important reminder that wine has evolved – it should be enjoyed at certain ‘styles’ not at the expense of others. So, if you are a white-with-meat-fancier or if you’re simply someone who enjoys drinking wine, keep reading on…
1. My personal preference
My personal preference for drinking wine with steak is Riesling; I discovered this while living in Germany where they often drink Riesling with their steaks (alongside traditional German beer). And why do I think that Riesling goes so well with steak?
For starters, both wines originate from the same region -Germany/France as opposed to say, France/Italy! But more importantly is the fact that Riesling has a lot in common with steak. Both are bold, hearty (sometimes aggressive) in taste and both go together so well. If you haven’t tried it yet, I urge you to give this wine a try -it might surprise you!
I’m aware that not everyone favors Riesling as their red wine alternative but then again not everyone likes steak either. So, what can other alternatives be?
2. List of other choices
Here’s a list of wines that go really well with steak:
– Sauvignon Blanc: This white wine grape from Bordeaux and Northern Italy offers an aromatic burst of citrus and green apple notes; overall very easy to drink and goes incredibly well with steak.
– Viognier: Not as popular as the previous two but this white wine grape from France and California offers an aromatic and fruity taste that is fuller than Sauvignon Blanc and lighter than Champagne (it also goes great with cheese).
– Chardonnay: This is one of the most popular wines in the world; it has a golden color, buttery taste and overall tends to be rich in flavor. It’s often referred to as being “oaky” which helps bring out more spices when pairing it with food. You’ll find this wine in many regions -Bordeaux, Burgundy, South Africa etc.
But why stop at red or white? How about experimentation! A few years back, I heard about a steakhouse in Pennsylvania that offers something called ‘steak on toast’ – the waiter brings you a plate of steak and works around it to make this monstrosity.
I’m not kidding when I say that there are two inches worth of cheese on top of this steak! Imagine eating half the cheese then putting some horseradish sauce (of which I believe they should’ve used more than just four shavings) and chomping away… mmmh. That is until you get sick from all those calories.
So maybe we ought to try something else? How about grilled Mozzarella? There are variations out there but here’s an idea for your grillin’ pleasure: 2-3 balls of fresh Mozzarella, marinate in Italian dressing for an hour or two and grill until the cheese is melted. Put it on toast (or how about a bagel?) with a side of tomatoes and you have yourself one heck of a meal!
TYPES OF WINES THAT GO WELL WITH STEAK
1. Red Wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Merlot (of which you can often get in major grocery stores)
You can also try Pinot Noir or Syrah but generally speaking those are expensive bottles of wine. So, unless you’re a rich guy/gal… avoid it!
2. White Wine
I’m sure there’s more out there – if you know any please leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.
3. Dessert Wines
For this one we have two categories:
- Sweet wines with dessert like flavors (Moscato D’Asti)
- And dessert wines that aren’t necessarily sweet (Port).
- As you can see, there are many options. Just remember that the wine doesn’t have to be expensive – as long as it tastes good who cares?
WHEN PAIRING WINE WITH STEAK
Red wines tend to match up better with spicy food and white wines with mild flavored meals. This is because red wines are more robust in taste (like steak) and white wines go well with lighter tasting dishes. But this isn’t always the case -it depends on what kind of texture your dish has!
For example, I find Rieslings go really well when paired up with seafood for their rich flavors balance out the softness of fish/crustaceans etc…
It’s not necessary to drink only one type of wine during the meal; for example, you can start off with a red wine and as soon as you’re halfway through switch to a white. This is what I like to do personally – variety is the spice of life!
Wine doesn’t have to be expensive (see above) so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Tips for your steak
What if you just want steak on its own without all this wine talk? Maybe there’s something that puts you off about how it tastes when paired with other things… here’s one last tip for ya:
Place your steak in the freezer for at least an hour. This lowers the temperature of your meat which makes it far easier to cook since there will be less ‘gaps’ between cooking time and being ready to eat. It also has the added benefit of getting your meat ready for marinating (if you’re gonna do that). Once steak is thawed out, it’s easier to cut through (even with frozen it tends to get a little soft/rubbery) so make sure you have a sharp knife and go slow!
I like my filet mignon medium well; I usually put some ground pepper on one side, garlic salt on the other and use garlic powder in between. This way you get flavors from all three places which gives a nice kick to your steak!
Another great tip is about how long to cook your meat; if you follow this guide then you’ll end up with something that tastes amazing: Rare – 2 minutes per side Medium – 3 minutes per side Medium Well – 4 minutes per side. And if you overcook it, well then no one will be happy…
Well now that my stomach is growling, I’m gonna go off and find something to feast on! If you’ve tried any of these ‘steak tips’ let me know how it turned out for ya in the comments below!
HOW TO PICK A GOOD BOTTLE OF RED WINE FOR YOUR STEAK DINNER
The bottle itself should be dark, thick and heavy. The deeper the color on the label is – the better quality your wine will be. If you’re having a hard time reading what’s written above the barcode (below that is where it says the price) – always pick up the bottle with larger letters because this means more money went into making that wine!
Does it taste ‘rustic’ or was it made in a large factory? What kind of flavors are there to tell from? A good steak meal needs to have red wine so make sure yours fits well for that purpose. If you want something softer on your tongue, then find one that has low tannin levels (that gritty feeling). But if you prefer a bolder tasting wine then go with something high in tannins!
What kind of taste buds does your wine have? Does it feel smooth and silky or is it rough around the edges? A good steak needs to be matched with a good red-wine so go for one that will complement what you’re eating. I like my wines to have an ‘earthy’ flavor which matches up really well with foods that have similar properties (like vegetables and mushrooms) – this isn’t always the case though, pick something based on how it’ll make you feel!
As long as your wine tastes great who cares about price? Generally, when looking at prices below $10 you can expect something good. If a bottle is labeled more than $20 then you can expect something pretty great too! If it’s anything above that range though – be careful and see how the wine tastes for yourself, you might get something worth every penny or you might not.
So there ya have its folks – plenty of tips to choose a great bottle of red wine for your steak dinner! Be sure to tell me what kinds of foods and wines you’ve tried in the comments below; I’m always looking for new things to try out so maybe I’ll give yours a shot!
Best red wines for steaks: Cabernet Sauvignon | Zinfandel | Malbec
WHITE WINES THAT ARE PERFECT MATCHES FOR BEEF DISHES
Now for the white wine drinkers out there – here’s a few suggestions for wines that go great with beef dishes! I usually do steak and potatoes (with mushrooms) and if you want to learn how to cook it really well then try these. White wine is lighter in flavor but has some sweetness to it as well which goes really well with your taste buds; they’re also easier to drink since they don’t have so much of a ‘bite’ on your tongue!
What kind of flavor does your wine have? Does it taste like something light for summer, or less of a bite on your tongue? The best things about this type of food are the ones that are easy drinking (but still good) as well as the ones that are just plain smooth. If you prefer a softer wine, then I’ll recommend Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc – they’re pretty popular and should be easy to find with a decent price tag!
Wine made from grapes is considered the best kind of drinking for eating, but ‘wine’ that’s made from other fruits like apples and peaches can also taste great too. So, if it sounds good don’t hold back on buying something new!
Typically, wines under $15 will have high quality so don’t spend more than that unless you really want to treat yourself! Below this range you’re sure to get some sort of positive experience but over this range can often times be a bit risky since the only thing you can do is hope for the best. So, if money isn’t an issue and you just want the best then try something over this range, otherwise stick where I put above!
Favorite white wines for steaks: Sauvignon blanc | Shiraz | Pinot Grigio
THE BEST WINES FOR COOKING STEAK
Ever thought about pouring your wine over a cooked steak?
I did it the other day and holy wow was it good – I love well-cooked steak so having some wine pour over it only made things better. Here’s a list of all the types of wines you can use to cook your steaks in if you’re looking for something new!
For those who want to add a bit more flavor into the mix then this is an excellent choice. Adding spices that go well with red wine like crushed pepper, oregano and basil gives this dish plenty of depth; adding something that ‘soaks’ into the meat as its cooking really helps too, just be sure to use high quality spices and herbs because they’ll make all of the difference in the world!
Most of the time these go really well with red wines (you can use other kinds as well) since the reddish color helps to blend in – remember that food and wine pairing is all about balancing flavors. Other times you’ll see people use white wine for cooking steak because they think it’ll help ‘keep’ things tender, but I’m not so sure about that. It’s hard enough keeping yourself from overcooking a good steak like ribeye or filet mignon without needing some sort of new trick to do so but if you’re up for trying something different then give it a shot – who knows? You might just fall in love with your steak even more than before!
If you’re not sure what would be the best kinds of wine for cooking steak, then try a few different bottles and see which ones work best for you. Just remember that red is usually going to be your best bet when it comes to this type of meal, so feel free to experiment with some white wines but always take into account the end result!
If possible, buy some steak that’s already been marinated for you (that way you get it pre-cooked) since not having to do so will actually make your cooking time shorter – believe it or not! If you don’t want to do that then try using a dry rub instead of a marinade; they have some great combinations of spices out there and I’m sure, you’ll be pleased with the results!
Similar prices apply here as well; if it’s cheap then try it out, otherwise wait and save up until you can afford something better. If money really isn’t an issue then go ahead and splurge a bit – cook good stuff like steaks all the time while having good wine doesn’t necessarily make sense since you don’t drink much or even at all, but if you’re like me then go ahead and spend the extra cash on something good.
EACH PART OF STEAK WITH DIFFERENT WINE PAIRING
Filet Mignon or tenderloin is considered the most expensive steaks; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pair them with something expensive. You’ll notice there are different parts of a steak: some leaner and more ‘flavorful’ cuts and others juicier but less-flavorful cuts. It’s not uncommon for people to mix up types of wine based on what type of meat they’re eating – it’s all about experimenting!
Here are some suggestions on what wines go well with particular kinds of meat:
1. Filet Mignon / Tenderloin
As mentioned above, a good-quality Pinot or Sauvignon Blanc is going to help you bring out the subtle flavors in this kind of meat. If you’re in a pinch, then just using some beef broth will do you just as well – it’s not going to work as well but neither will your average table wine. Filet Mignon / Tenderloin is also popular for people who have anemia since its naturally low oxalate which helps prevent kidney stones!
2. Prime Rib / Roast
One of these is something that can either be boiled, baked or roasted; it’s usually cooked until it’s tender enough to pull off the bone with ease. Prime Rib / Roast is commonly used in many types of cuisines such as Italian, French and Spanish – you probably won’t need any suggestions here since most of us have tried this type of meat before.
Prime Rib / Roast is best with: Cabernet Sauvignon | Bordeaux | Merlot
3. Top Sirloin or Top Round
Some people say that these cuts are less flavorful than others, but I find myself enjoying them more often. The key here is to not overcook them because they’re going to get tough pretty quickly if you do! Dry red wines like a Pinot Noir will help bring out the flavors while also making sure that meat won’t break apart when you serve it.
Another good tip for this kind of meat is using a seasoning rub rather than marinating – it’ll add some great spices and herbs that’ll really perk up your steaks, just make sure you don’t overdo it though!
Top Sirloin or Top Round would be a great choice with: Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot | Shiraz
4. London Broil / Chuck Eye Roast
This is a popular cut of meat for people who are looking for something that’s more affordable and flavorful. It’s pretty hard to mess this one up – just follow the cooking instructions on the packaging (if you didn’t buy it pre-cooked) and it should turn out nicely every time!
A Bordeaux wine will work well here as we’ll, but if you’re not a fan of dry reds then try going with something that has more flavor like a Malbec.
One last tip: London Broil / Chuck Eye Roast is also good for people who are trying to lose weight since it’s low in both fat and calories.
FIND YOUR ANSWER FOR WHAT WINE GOES BEST WITH STEAK?
The answer to the question of what wine goes best with steak is a matter of opinion. There are some wines that will work better for certain people and tastes, but there’s no one size fits all here. We’ll go through some general tips on pairing wine with food below, as well as list out our favorite styles and brands so you can find your own personal match!