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My Favorite Red Wine to Pair with an American Wagyu Steak

On August 28th we celebrated National Red Wine Day.

In honor of this savory tradition, I’ve decided to share my absolute favorite wine to drink with a nice, juicy Null Ridge American Wagyu steak. 

Red wine and red meat are natural soul mates.

The tannins in the red wine interact with the protein in the meat to create an exquisite flavor profile.  The tannins also soften the fat in the meat, which only helps to intensify that rich, beefy flavor.

Here at Null Ridge Premium Beef, we carry an assortment of decadent beef to pair deliciously with your favorite wine.  Whether you’re in the mood for a nice Cabernet or Pinot Noir, our highly-marbled American Wagyu beef will work to bring the tannins in your wine to life.

You may be surprised to hear that my favorite wine to pair with my steak is a crisp, light Pinot Noir.

Namely, the Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills 2017 Pinot Noir.

This wine is unusually hearty, with aromas of  “dark plum, tobacco, and green sage."

Most wine experts would encourage you to pair your Pinot Noir with a lighter protein like seafood, but I’ve found the slightly sweet and acidic Pinot Noir tastes just divine with a decadent American Wagyu steak. 

When this lighter wine meets the richness of the steak, it keeps my palette from being overwhelmed.

A few things to note about the Pinot Noir (“black pair”)

  • Pinot Noir is usually dry and sweet. Most Pinot Noir wines are considered light or medium-bodied with natural acidity and a bright berry flavor; Most notably strawberries, raspberries and cherries.  
  • The Pinot Noir is so light, it even takes on a bit of the wood flavor of the barrel as it ages.
  • Pinot Noir is high in antioxidants and low in sugar.
  • Pinot Noir is one of the most sought after wines because it ages well and is stunningly delicious.

I honestly can't think of a more interesting pairing for our decadent cuts of beef.

Our American Wagyu steaks are dry-aged for at least 21 days to allow the intense flavor to permeate the entire beef and really lock into the muscles. This process breaks down the enzymes to allow for richer, more complex flavor for an already tender beef. 

Most people love to enjoy this lighter wine in the summer, but as we’re wrapping up another hot and dry one here in the Texas panhandle, there's still time to try this delicious steak and wine combo for yourself!

What is your favorite steak and wine pairing? Let us know in the comments below!

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