Is there anything better than steak and red wine on a cool, fall evening? We are excited about the change in seasons and we are looking forward to hearty meals and delicious libations with friends.
Our Manzo features ribeye steak, all-natural black Angus beef, seasonal local vegetables, and rosemary roasted potatoes. It is one of our favorite things on the menu and is perfect for the season.
Why Does Red Wine Pair so Well With Steak?
Fiona Beckett has a fun site called Matching Food & Wine and she does a great job breaking down what wines pair best with what dishes. As always, you can ask your server what wine would complement your meal but here are a few of her tips when you are selecting a wine to enjoy with your steak.
- Steak goes with red wine because molecules called “tannins” soften the fat in the meat to release its flavor.
- The rarer a steak is the more it will lessen the sensation of tannin in any accompanying wine. For example, if you are having a young cabernet sauvignon or malbec, a rare steak will make it taste more mellow.
- The fattier a steak is, the more robust a wine it needs. Syrahs or GSM (grenache/syrah/mourvèdre) blends are suited well to a ribeye steak while a leaner fillet steak pairs better with a pinot noir.
- The more charred a steak is, the more ripeness/sweetness you want in your wine.
- If you are having a sauce with your steak, this can make a difference in what wine you may want to choose. If you are having a rich red wine sauce, you will need a wine that can stand up to it such as a malbec. If you are having a peppercorn sauce you don’t want a wine that is too oaky or high in alcohol. It can make your mouth too spicy.
For more information on wine pairings visit MatchingFoodandWine.com.
Ready to Enjoy This Pairing in Person?
Make a reservation to join us for dinner tonight and talk with our servers about what wines we are featuring.