Friends are coming over. You’ve been to the butcher’s. Had a bit of a yarn. Mused over the different cuts, um-ing and ah-ing at the idea of spending a bit more cash to get a really nice bit of meat. You finally decide, a delicious and amazingly tender fillet steak, which you can prepare with just a light bit of seasoning, to let the flavour really shine through.
So, now what? Have you considered what you would drink with that?
It’s common knowledge that different wines ‘match’ different foods, and if you get it right, the results can be fantastic... with the flavours enhancing each other in turn. This Utopian idea isn’t as hard to achieve as you might think, and it’s a great concept to keep in mind when you’re entertaining important (or just fussy!) guests. You can easily summarise that white wines go with white meats (chicken and fish), and red with red meats - but of course not all dishes and not all wines are made equal.
With steak, the general rule of thumb is you can get bigger, bolder reds to match the heaviness of the flavours of the meat. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec or even a Spanish Tempranillo can all work really well. Because of this, if your meat is lean, go for a lighter red, and if it’s a cut with a bone or something a bit fattier, it will have a heavier flavour and texture, so go big or go home with the wine match as well.
If you’re reading this and you’ve already splashed out on a great quality piece of beef, no need to research the depths of the internet for the best, locally-available wine match... we’ve done most of the hard work for you! We have a comprehensive guide coming on a few great wines you might find in speciality bottle shops, as well as some fantastic bargains you can get in most Kiwi supermarkets. Sign up to our newsletter in the page footer to stay in the know. Either way, no matter where you are in the Land of the Long White Cloud, your steak needn’t suffer!
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