Beef Recipes

Beef Recipes
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Beef is the richest of red meats. Marbled and flavorful, it is the ultimate foil for your richest red wines. When pairing wines, you want to match the intensity of your dish with the intensity of the wine and contrast the complexity of flavor of the beef with either simple or complex flavors of wine. Put more simply, the relatively delicate flavors of a filet mignon are best paired with the complex flavors of a delicate red wine, while the assertive flavors of a grilled rib eye are best paired with a powerful if less complex red.

There are many ways to prepare beef and a myriad of flavorings used in those preparations. This seems like it would make beef harder to pair with wine, but nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike with other meats, the flavor of beef tends to remain the dominant flavor in most beef dishes, so you will almost always be pairing your wine with the flavor of your cut of beef.
That makes the cut of beef you’re cooking one of the main things to consider when selecting the appropriate wine pairing. As mentioned earlier, you want to choose a different wine for a filet mignon or a rib eye steak. For less fatty and more delicate cuts, elegant red wines like aged Bordeaux, Rioja Gran Reserva and Chianti Classico Riserva are ideal partners. They are relatively low in tannin compared to many other wines. Tannin is one of the important counterpoints to fat in a dish, the other being acidity. The less fat a cut of beef has, the fewer tannins you need to help the acidity in creating a harmonious match. Another factor in favor of these aged wines are the relatively delicate and simple flavors of a filet. Pairing those flavors with the complex flavors of aged wines allows the wine to show all the nuance it possesses. More assertive flavors might cover up that nuance.
On the other hand, cuts of beef like rib eye are rich in fat and complex flavors of well exercised muscles. In this case, you want to choose an intensely flavored wine that serves as a counterpoint to the intense flavors of the beef. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere all work very well here as they are rich in the tannin and acidity that is so important when dealing with fattier cuts of beef and match the intensity of flavor.
There are many cuts of beef that fall somewhere in the middle of the beef flavor and fat spectrum, so there is a beef dish that is suitable for virtually every wine out there. Experiment with your favorites while remembering the basic concepts of food and wine pairing to discover your ideal matches. 

Grilled Beef Recipes

Grilled Beef Pairing Guide Grilling is one cooking method that has the greatest impact on the final dish’s flavor profile and therefore the greatest impact on the wines that can be paired successfully. Grilling adds smoky flavors and bitter, charred notes to a cut of meat. These elements of flavor call for something sweet and fruity to help balance out the bitterness. The sweetness doesn’t have to come from sugar, it can come simply from intense fruitiness, but a litt... Read More about Grilled Beef pairings »

Roast Beef Recipes

Roast Beef Pairing Guide The one dish that pops to mind when I think of roast beef is prime rib. It is interesting how different the flavors of a slow-roasted prime rib are from those of a grilled rib eye steak. Roasting meat tends to concentrate the flavors of meat while allowing for a gradual and even distribution of fat. The results are silky textures and intense beef flavors.    Whether with a prime rib eye of round or rump roast, the common theme of soft t... Read More about Roast Beef pairings »

Pan Seared Beef Recipes

Pan Seared Beef Pairing Guide Pan searing of beef is generally used on thinner, more tender cuts of meat. Those cuts tend to be leaner, more delicately flavored and more tender than other cuts of beef. Cuts include filet mignon, strip steak and flat iron steak. Pan searing is a quick cooking process that doesn’t allow for much breaking down of meat or melting of marbling. Because of the way searing works, it’s often used to produce a steak that is relatively rare yet ... Read More about Pan Seared Beef pairings »


  • 154660zinfandel1 Loving it. This article is hitting home.

  • 1041141Tiakittie Great Article! Some really great pairig tips here! But, no offence, Beef is by far the easiest meat for pairing!!! Can you do one of these articles for foods like chicken, turkey, pork and lamb?? Thanks!!

  • 2259024Snoother 2259024 The dish seems delicious. I must try this with amazing taste. Thanks for sharing all the ingredients.

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