Pairing Wine with Meat

by Pre Brands December 15, 2020

Pairing Wine with Meat

The holidays are here, and that usually means big gatherings and possibly (or definitely) some alcoholic beverages. This year gatherings will be smaller so the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your holiday dinner is a must. If you are like us — a beef tenderloin or a grass-fed rack of lamb will be at the center of your dining room table. Luckily, we’ve got some wine pairing ideas for you, whether you like a Cabernet or a Syrah.

The most important thing to remember when pairing wine with meat is to match the body of the wine with the color and amount of fat of the meat. When you are eating a tasty rack of lamb or a tender steak, you’ll want to pair them will a medium or full bodied red wine. This is a good rule of thumb to follow as we offer you some pairings.

Malbec Wine Pairs with Beef Tenderloin

Let’s start with tenderloin, and it just so happens… we’ve got tenderloin on special this month. So when you purchase any item on our online store, you can add the tenderloin for just $39.99! The best thing about the tenderloin is that it is center-cut, which means you get the best part of the muscle, making it extremely tender. Hence the name! Pairing it with a full-bodied Malbec is perfect because the tenderloin is leaner and the Malbec doesn’t have a super long finish.



Perfect Beef Tenderloin recipe pairing:

Horseradish Garlic Crusted Tenderloin

Horseradish Garlic Crusted Tenderloin Recipe


Syrah Wine Pairs with Rack of Lamb

Syrah pairs perfectly with our Pre rack of lamb. And since we get our lamb from farmers in Australia and New Zealand, well, drinking a wine from Australia just makes sense! It is the most popular grape planted in Australia, and they actually call it Shiraz instead. Drink the Syrah alongside the lamb and the fruity notes will shine on your palette.

 Perfect Lamb recipe pairing:

Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Rack with Wild Rice Pilaf

Pomegranate lamb on a holiday decorated table

Tempranillo Wine Pairs with New York Strip Steak

The Pre® New York Strip steak is perfectly complemented by a bold, aged, full-bodied Tempranillo that will enhance its savory flavors. The cherry and tobacco notes play well with the fat content in our New York strip. You could also pair a Tempranillo with the rack of lamb if you wanted!

Perfect Recipe Pairing with New York Strip

Grilled Sriracha Marinated New York Strip Steak

Grilled Sriracha Marinated New York Strip Steak

Red Blend Wine Pairs with Top Sirloin Steak

Pre® Top Sirloin is a tender, low-fat cut of steak. It has more structure than a filet and will hold a marinade or rub very well. Pair it with a rich and jammy red blend and you have a never ending flavor combination. 

Read more: Pre Top Sirloin 101


Perfect recipe pairing with Top Sirloin

Beef Teriyaki

Beef Teriyaki

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Pairs with Ribeye Steak

The marvelous Pre Ribeye deserves a rich and robust pairing. The Pre Ribeye is known for its juicy tenderness and marbling. A full-body, high tannin cabernet will pair perfectly to the rich flavor of a grilled ribeye steak. 

Perfect recipe pairing with ribeye:

Whole30 Herbed Ghee Basted Ribeye Steak with Seasoned Frites

Ribeye in a skillet with basted ghee

Red Bordeaux Blend Wine Pairs with Filet Mignon

This red is a great pairing for the Pre Filet Mignon steak. Filet is lean and tender with minimal fat and the tannins in this blend perfectly match the steak. This pairing is best when used with minimal seasoning — think salt and pepper.


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Perfect recipe pairing with filet mignon:

Pan Seared Filet Mignon with Garlic and Herb Butter

Pan Seared Filet Mignon with Garlic and Herb Butter

Want to find Pre beef near you?

Grab some at your nearest store or from our online shop

Pre® is a selection of 100% grass fed & finished steaks, ground beef, burger patties, chuck roast and lamb. All our beef and lamb is Whole30®, Paleo, Keto, Halal and Non-GMO Project Verified. Pre products are currently available at more than 650 retail outlets across 25 states, as well as on AmazonFresh!

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