5 Beef Friendly Reds

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5 Beef Friendly Reds I should have titled this article “5 Wines for Grilled Beef,” but the wine recommendations that I’ll be making are pretty much all beef friendly. It’s just that all of the beef I plan to consume from now through Labor Day will very likely be of the charcoal-seared persuasion. Don’t worry, I’m old school and use only hardwood charcoal, so there’s just pure beef and char going into my food and wine pairings here.

So what do I look for when pairing wine with beef? It’s a good question so let’s lay down some simple points on which to riff.

1. Smoky flavors are complementary.

2. A little sweetness can help balance out the char.

3. Bold flavors are natural partners.

4. Beef likes some peppery spice.

5. Fatty foods like a little acid trip.

If you want to see what I mean, read on!

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