You have arrived at a great restaurant. You have picked a delicious dish from the menu. The waiter hands you the wine list. There are so many options to choose from. How do you pick the best one for your meal? We have all found ourselves in this situation. In a panic, we end up choosing the first wine from the list, or the one that is the easiest to pronounce! But, this can result in the meal being compromised. Can you really enjoy the best steak without the best wine to match? Keeping that in mind, take a look at the ultimate guide for pairing wine and meat. Plus, as an added treat, we will also throw in some good Easter lamb recipes to enjoy with a nice glass of wine. Sounds good, right? So, let’s take a look and get right to it…
Wine With Beef
We are often concerned with how to cook steak, i.e. rare, medium or well done. However, choosing the right wine is just as important. Your wine of choice all depends on the type of beef you are going to have. If you are tucking into a fatty cut of beef, such as skirt steak or filet mignon, then you should go for a bold red wine, like Napa Cabernet or Barolo. If you’ve chosen a dish with a lean cut of beef, such as sirloin, you should go for a light or medium-bodied red wine.
Wine With Lamb
When compared with beef, lamb is a lot more delicate in flavor and thus your choice of wine also needs to be lighter and more delicate, otherwise, it will overpower the flavor of the meat. Petit Verdot or Malbec will work really well. Of course, while we are on the subject of lamb, Easter is fast-approaching, and this is the traditional time to eat this meat. In fact, lamb has come to be one of the most popular Easter symbols. This Christian reference goes back to the book of Genesis. In past centuries it was also considered exceptionally luck to meet a lamb, especially during the Easter period. Today we celebrate Easter by enjoying this delicious meat. So, let’s take a look at some good recipe ideas…
Crown Roast of Lamb
This dish is simple yet delicious. You’ll need a rack of lamb, which you should rub with olive oil. Afterward, press a mixture of the following over it – coriander, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. It really is as simple as that. All you need to do now is place the lamb in the oven to roast. To make a delicious jus to go with the meat combine mustard, sherry vinegar, and rosemary.
Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Herbs and Honey
This dish also involves rubbing a herb mixture into the skin of the lamb to intensify the flavor. The mixture is as follows – oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Squeeze lemon over the top of the lamb and place it into a casserole dish. Drizzle honey over the top and then some olive oil. Afterward, pour water into the dish, put the lid on and cook it in the oven. After several hours of cooking the meat should pull easily away from the bone.
Winter Lamb Hotpot
Finally, Winter Lamb Hotpot is a delicious dish for the colder months. You should lightly dredge lamb chops in flour and then seal them in a pan. Set the lamb to the side. Afterward, add garlic, parsnips, and onions to the same pan for a few minutes. Season with rosemary and transfer to an oven dish. Add the chops as well as some potatoes. Season and then cook in the oven until the meat is tender.
Wine With Veal
Veal is a type of meat that goes well with red and white wine. It all depends on how you are going to enjoy the meat. If you are having veal chops Pinot Noir or Chianti Classico goes well. Click here for a good Pinot Noir. Cotes du Rhone works beautifully with a veal stew, whilst Chardonnay is ideal for breaded veal cutlets.
Wine With Duck
Duck tends to be suited to acidic wine, as the sharpness will cut through the fattiness of the meat. Most people tend to pair duck with Pinot Noir. This is a great option, but there are other wines you can go for, like Chianti, Barolo, and Merlot.
Wine With Pork
Finally, last on the list of how to pair wine and meat is how to pair wine with pork. The great thing about pork is that it goes well with both white and red wine. White wine, such as Chenin Blanc, goes especially well with roast or grilled pork. However, if you’re going to eat barbecued pork, a jammy red wine will go well, such as a Chilean Merlot or Australian Cabernet-Shiraz.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding the type of wine that you should pair with your meat. If you follow the advice that has been provided above, you are going to find it a lot easier to make a delicious meal or even to get enjoyment from your own meal next time you go to a restaurant. Of course, knowing what wine to buy is one thing but you still need to make sure that it is a high-quality version too.
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