Steaks water the mouth just thinking about them. So what wine goes with steak? There is nary a red wine that is not elevated by the rich succulent savoriness of a great steak. The key here is savory! Steak is protein at its height. And the best compliment, perhaps even neutralizers, of that savory protein are hearty, full, rich, “stick to the roof of your mouth and tongue” tannins. These are the kind of tannins that were created to balance an awesome steak.


Strong red wines are particularly delicious with steak, depending on the preparation, spices, and your mood. Here are some recommendations, but I would suggest mixing it up. While these may serve, the variables beg for exploration. There is a big world of hearty red wines out there and a varied selection of cuts and preparations of beef. So be adventurous. Steak is a comfort food that will give you the security to venture out into the wide untraversed world of big red wines.

For instance, if you can get your butcher to order you a cut comparable to Bisteca alla Florentine and you prepare it accordingly, you will be transported with a Chianti Classico or Super Tuscan. But if you prepare a lean and simple Filet Mignon, seared with a crust of dried porcini mushrooms, you will be surprised by how well a balanced New World Pinot Noir can excite the dish!

Preparation  Suggested Wine Accompaniment
Prime Rib Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chianti Classico Riserva, Syrah, Zinfandel
Filet Mignon Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Red Burgundy, Merlot
Cabernet Franc, Aged Chianti, Pinot Noir
New York Red Bordeaux, Red Burgundy Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Rhone, Syrah, Petite Sirah
Porterhouse Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti
Ribeye Cabernet Sauvignon, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel
Flank Syrah, Merlot, Chianti, Cotes du Rhone, Nebbiolo
Sirloin Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Chianti, Syrah, Red Rhone, Merlot
Tartare Chianti, Pinot Noir, Red Bordeaux or Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Chablis, Gewurztraminer
T-Bone Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Bordeaux, Merlot, Chianti Classico, Sangiovese, Syrah

This is a guide to what wine goes with steak, but explore for yourself! Enjoy!!

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