People often assume that red wines are the only
wines that pair well with
steaks. Au contrair, my food savvy friends!
While it's true that red meat is known for a big bold kick to your taste buds, white wines are not always wimpy. Depending on the way you prepare your steak, the right white wine will pair splendidly.
I would like to offer you a few suggestions for the best varietals of wine to drink with steaks. The way you prepare your steaks leads to which wine varietals will work best. Spicy foods like a sweeter or more fruity pairing, while savory foods might like something buttery or peppery.
If you're planning on hosting guests for this upcoming summer season, try offering both whites and
reds with your steaks. You might be surprised at your guests' response. Here are a few good wines to serve with steak -
Steak prepared with asian and curry flavorsserved with
: Grilled Shitake Mushrooms with ginger and scallions
For this entree, you want to consider the spice, as well as the underlying flavor profile that the ginger adds to both dishes. That tells me we can have a sweet white and a fruity red.
The sweet overtones in these wines will help soften the spice while accenting the sweet. Delish!Dinner 2
Southwestern steak prepared with chipotle peppersSide: Grilled Polenta with Corn and Parmesan
I just love the rich smokey flavor of chipotle and it goes so well with sweet and earthy polenta. I'm thinking we need something buttery and maybe smokey as well.
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon
The buttery Chard will have some oaky hints as well, which will enhance the chipotle and blend well with polenta. The Cab will add to the 'kick' without overpowering it. This is a smokin' combo.Dinner 3Entree:
Steak prepared with italian herbs Side: Insalata Caprese
Is anything better than the flavor combinations of grilled beef, basil, and fresh summer tomatoes? Yes...the right wines to go with them.
White: Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Pinot Noir
Sauv blanc will be fine with this delicately herbed filet cut, and a good Pinot will stand up to the aromatic flavors without overpowering them.
Truly, the best wine to drink with steak is the wine that tastes best to you. And don't let anybody ever tell you differently. Bon Apétit!