Want to up your grilling game this summer? Learn how to master great steak and wine pairings. These four recipes offer updates to traditional grilled steak flavors in addition to can't-miss wine varietals.
Are You an Adventurous Eater?
If you're always ready and willing to try new things and new flavors, choose this adventurous wine and grilled steak pairing. This Ribeye Steak Nuevo Latino is rubbed with lime and chiles to give it intricate flavors that are tailored for intrepid palates.
Pair Ribeye and Wine
Marbling gives the ribeye a rich, beefy flavor and tender texture. To stand up to the steak's bold seasonings and rich accompaniments, try one of these three red wines:
Zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon have lots of body and robust berry flavors, which make them both classic pairings for steak. If you're feeling adventurous, go for a velvety merlot. Many think merlot should be served with roasts and cheese dishes, but the red wine's cherry and raspberry notes make it a great match for grilled beef—plus, it has a lushness that plays nicely with the steak's spicy rub.
Are You a Meat-and-Potatoes Fan?
If this old-fashioned, filling combo sounds just right for a summertime grilled meal, try a Porterhouse with Seasoned Herb Butter and grilled potatoes.
Pair Porterhouse and Wine
- Cabernet sauvignon is a natural companion for beef. It's especially wonderful with updated ingredients like the seasoned herb butter in this recipe.
- Syrah is similar to cabernet sauvignon but often has more jammy, herby flavors as well as a darker color.
Do You Like Classic Dishes with a Twist?
If you enjoy classic meals with updated flavors, go for Grilled Steaks with Warm White Bean Salad—a tasty filet mignon and baby red potatoes atop a bed of mixed greens.
Pair Filet Mignon and Wine
We've chosen two of the most distinctive red wines in the world to complement the Mediterranean-influenced flavors in this dish.
- Chianti is made in its namesake central Italian region using mostly Sangiovese grapes, and typically has the aroma and flavor of berries, citrus peel, and spices.
- Beaujolais, like chianti, is both the name of the wine and of the place where it's produced (eastern France). It's made with the Gamay noir grape and is much lighter than chianti.
- For an updated twist to a classic steak and wine pairing, try chardonnay: Full-bodied whites can go just as well with steak as red wines.
Do You Love a Bit of Fun with Your Meals?
If you're up for anything when it comes to food, try Grilled Steaks with Mushroom Piquant and Watermelon Feta Salad. This party-on-a-plate combo features a sauce with wine-enhanced mushrooms, Creole seasoning, and Dijon mustard.
Pair Strip Steak and Wine
- Zinfandel offers a bold wine partner to this steak.
- Syrah is an ideal red wine choice for this dish. Bonus: You can cook with the wine you bought for drinking. The recipe calls for slightly less than one glassful, so you'll still have four full servings left in the bottle.
- Tempranillo, bottled from a black grape that's native to Spain, is robust and full-bodied, making it a good match for vibrantly flavored seasonings in this dish.
How to Choose Steak: GreenWise Angus Beef
Whether you prefer ribeye, porterhouse, or another cut of beef, there's a way to pick the perfect steak every time: Choose GreenWise Angus Beef. Tender and flavorful, GreenWise Angus Beef has no antibiotics or added hormones. It comes from cattle raised on a vegetarian diet in the United States. Check the meat counter at your neighborhood Publix for GreenWise Angus Beef, and grill the perfect steak—every time.
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