When it comes to culinary pairings, few things hold a candle to the classic combination of a glass of good wine with steak. A fine red wine that pairs with steak compliments the palate and tickles the taste buds for savory, sweet and sour in a distinct combination that few other foods can accomplish. But what exactly makes the magic happen with steak and wine pairings and which ones are best to drink with steak?

There’s a real reason that steak and wine work so well together. Something very particular happens when you consume red wine with steak. Molecules in red wine called tannins combine with and soften meat proteins, which sharpens your senses and helps you taste more of that beefy flavor you love. The fat, in turn, softens the astringent qualities of the wine, helping to mellow the beverage and produce a juicier and more fruit forward flavor. The result is a never-ending cycle of food and drink marriage, sure to melt even the dullest of pallets.

What wine goes with rib eye, t-bone, and porterhouse steaks and why?

The porterhouse, Rib Eye, and T-bone steaks are similar in that they all have high-fat content from excellent marbling. Taking into consideration that red wine is the perfect pairing for steaks with a lot of fat content. It is safe to say that your Chardonnay may not be the best choice for your Rib Eye meal.

Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel work perfectly with the Rib Eye, T-Bone, and Porterhouse. Your choice will depend on how robust you like your wine flavors. Both score right in the middle of the wine sweetness scale, but the Zinfandel has some spiciness weaved into its fruity flavor, lending a unique twist to your steak.

A filet mignon wine pairing… Is it what you think it is?

The Filet Mignon is regarded as one of the best cuts of steak you can sink your teeth into. Surprisingly, it actually has some of the subtlest flavors of any cut. That’s why it’s important to choose a wine that won’t overpower the filet mignon. The most ideal pairing for a filet mignon is an Old World aged wine, like Pinot Noir.

The Old World Pinot Noirs typically are higher in acidity but have less alcohol content than a New World one. The result is a lighter taste that lends to the flavor of filet mignon without being so loud that you can’t taste the beefy flavors of your steak.

At Rams Hill, we offer many opportunities to successfully pair wines with steaks. Furthermore, we host wine dinners every month along with events and specials. Be sure to check our specials page for said events to learn when you can learn more tips and taste amazing dishes from our executive chef!