So you order a bottle of Shiraz Wine (Syrah in Australia) at a steakhouse and are now looking at the food menu. You can just order a classic steak like a New York strip with sautéed mushrooms, but you’re looking for a more exciting dining experience. When you are set on your wine choice but willing to go a little further afield with your food, consider letting your sommelier create a beautifully paired dinner that honors the things you already love while also taking you just a little bit out of your culinary comfort zone. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of protein coming your way! Let’s start with something you know and love and then go from there… Sound good?
Shiraz Wine Pairing #1: Grilled Tuna with Ponzu Sauce
Let’s begin with a light and inviting seafood appetizer with Ponzu (sweetened soy sauce). The pepper and warmth feel of the Shiraz will overpower the tuna without the presence of the sweetened and salty Ponzu sauce. Together, this pairing creates an epic and soothing umami flavor to prepare you for…
Recipe: Grilled Tuna with Ponzu Sauce
Shiraz Wine Pairing #2: Marinated Short Ribs
Marinated Short Ribs! The sweetness and smokiness of the barbecue sauce along with the fat enriched in the short ribs will cut down the smokiness, warmth feel, and peppery Shiraz. The acidity levels for both the dish and the wine will instantly match as well as the next course…
Recipe: Marinated Short Ribs
Shiraz Wine Pairing #3: Beef Brisket and Mashed Potatoes with Brisket Gravy
Beef Brisket! This is my favorite barbecued dish! Such perfection too my eyes (I digress). I love it so much that I am serving the brisket jus and topping mashed potato with it. Normally, tradition mashed potatoes and gravy actually pairs with a soft, fruity, slight sweet Riesling. For this recipe, however, the smoky and fatty brisket jus with mashed potatoes and the brisket is as close to perfection as possible.
Recipe: Beef Brisket and Gravy
Shiraz Wine Pairing #4: Grilled Bacon Wrapped Dried Plums
I know you are getting stuffed to your eyeballs but the dessert is something you have to try. Grilled bacon-wrapped plums combines the fatty, smoky parts of the bacon with the tart sweetness of plum. This, with a glass of Shiraz, is my favorite pairing with this grape varietal.
Recipe: Grilled Bacon Wrapped Dried Plums
Thank you for trusting me. Enjoy!
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