The best wine pairings for steak tartare
Should you drink the same sort of full-bodied red wine with steak tartare - raw chopped beef - as you would with a grilled steak?
It is, of course, raw rather than rare which means doesn’t have the grilled surface for big tannic reds to latch on to - and it’s often served as a starter which may lead you to a lighter wine. On the other hand it’s generally well seasoned with ingredients such as capers, mustard and Tabasco so you do need a wine that can cope with a bit of spice.
Personally I like a light juicy red wine with my steak tartare but there are other good options
4 good wine matches for steak tartare
I'm a big fan of Beaujolais with steak tartare as you can see from this earlier post. It has exactly the right casual bistro vibe. Go for a 'cru' Beaujolais like a Morgon. 2015 and 16 were both good vintages in the region.
Other juicy light red wines
Such as a young syrah or a mencia from Bierzo or Ribeira Sacra in Northern Spain. I’ve even enjoyed a young Coteaux du Languedoc with a steak tartare: ‘natural’ reds tend to work really well.
A good strong dry rosé
Not the very pale Provence type but a Bandol rosé would be lovely.
Especially rosé champagne. Crémant (other French sparkling wine) or cava if the budget’s a bit tight.
And a good non-wine option . . .
A vodka shot (or two). Not frozen though.
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The best wine pairings for steak
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