5 Wines for Prime Rib

Ben Carter suggests five pairings for the classic Rib Eye Roast. From Chardonnay to Bordeaux, his innovative suggestions are surprising!


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California 13.5% $21
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
This popular bottle is all about the berries: blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry. While the fruit is at the front of the nose and flavor, it's not overbearing. There are hints of coffee as it warms up, and the tannins are moderate.  I’ve been a long time fan of this particular Bordeaux-style California wine and it has the advantage of being available everywhere in the United States.  Since dinner parties are often occasions where you’re eating with a group of folks who are not necessarily all wine fanatics, this one is a fun conversation starter with the tie-in to the movies of Coppola.  Also, with the gold netting it makes an attractive gift if you’re the one showing up as a guest.  

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