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What Is The Best Wine To Go With Steak?

You can't beat a beautifully juicy steak accompanied by a nice glass of wine. Whether it's a midweek meal or a date night, it's a winning combination. But what is the best wine to go with steak?

From red and white wine to the various steak cuts, we'll explain how to pair your wine and steak for the perfect dining experience!

How To Match Your Cut Of Steak With The Right Wine

When deciding on the perfect pairing, be sure to consider the whole meal, not just the meat. The two main factors that help determine steak and wine pairings are seasonings and the fattiness of the meat. A fatty steak should be paired with a lighter wine as too much richness can be overwhelming.

As for seasonings, a steak that's flavoured with a simple salt and pepper combination can be paired with any wine as the flavour is very versatile. But, steaks that are seasoned with sweeter ingredients are best paired with a more dry wine.

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon

Known as the "people pleaser" of red wine, you can't go wrong with a Cabernet Sauvignon. There are lots of Cabernets available and they all tend to have balanced flavours, making them perfect for wine novices! Ideal to pair with a porterhouse steak, New York strip or a rare steak.

Our recommendation: Altos d'Olivia Gran Reserva

Zinfandel

Zinfandel is an awesome choice if you prefer a sweet wine rather than a dryer beverage. Whether you choose a filet mignon or a New York strip steak, Zinfandel pairs perfectly with zesty and spicy flavours.

Our recommendation: Hilmar Springs Zinfandel 

Shiraz

If you're looking for a red wine that will go perfectly with red meat that's a bit fattier, a Shiraz will become your go-to! Steaks such as ribeye need a more robust type of wine like Shiraz to balance the flavour.

Our recommendation: Percheron Shiraz

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a very delicate wine, characterised by tasting notes of raspberry and sweet aromas of caramel, clove, and vanilla. For the best steak experience, this wine is best paired with leaner cuts of meat.

Our recommendation: Sileni Estates The Plateau

White & Rosé Wines

Chardonnay

Unlike other white wines, Chardonnay pairs well with grilled steak thanks to its acidity, which cuts nicely through the fattiness and juiciness of the meat.

Our recommendation: The Last Stand

Grenache Rosé

Grenache Rosé is a fruity, floral wine with a lighter taste and low tannins. This wine will blend perfectly with a ribeye cut for a perfect steak pairing and a great fine dining experience!

Our recommendation: Percheron Rose

FAQs

What's the right wine pairing for a ribeye steak?

A classic accompaniment for a ribeye is a Cabernet thanks to its high levels of tannins that cut through the natural juices of the steak.

Why does steak fattiness affect wine choice?

The more fatty a steak is, the richer the taste will be. For this reason, very lean cuts can be paired with a sweeter, richer wine as the steak flavour won't be as intense.

Is red wine always a better choice than white for steak?

Not necessarily! The most important thing is to choose a wine that you enjoy. If you do that, you can't go wrong!