Choosing the perfect steak and wine pairings is a great way to spruce up your meal. And the best part is, there’s a wide range of complementing refreshments available dependent on your favourite type of steak, and how you like it cooked. It all comes down to matching your drinks to your food so that they supplement each other well. So, how do you do that?
Know your cut
From the marbling to the thickness, knowing what kind of cut you want will influence the kind of wine you’ll be choosing. So, first decide what you’ll be cooking, as well as how you’ll be cooking your steak. Once you’ve made a decision, you can get to work on the fun part, selecting a wine.
Match your cut
Steak and wine pairings are heavily influenced by palate – with certain characteristics within the meat and the wine interacting with each other to make for the best tasting experience possible. The best wine to drink with steak is the one that enhances the other’s flavour. So, how do you know a good wine with steak when you drink one?
- Fattier cuts – For fatty cuts, bolder reds that are high in tannin work as great palate cleansers for the fat. Tannin, found in full-bodied reds (and what can often cause a dry sensation in the mouth), is softened by the fat in the steak, therefore reducing its harshness.
- Leaner cuts – A light or medium bodied wine is better for much leaner cut steaks. The high levels of acidity work to cut through the texture of the steak, making it more palatable. Wine that is high in tannin is less suited for this cut, as there isn’t enough fat to soften it.