With the longer daylight hours, now is the perfect time to grill outside – even on weeknights. This Asian Flank Steak recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats is delicious and comes together quickly. Just mix up a quick marinade and let the meat marinate for about 30 minutes. Then, quickly cook it up on the grill and enjoy it with one of these wines.
Asian Flank Steak Wine Pairing
Flank steak is a fairly lean cut of beef that has great flavor when grilled. This marinade will add lots of savory characteristics, so we’re looking for a wine that can work well with the marinade and grilled meat. While big reds (like Cabernet Sauvignon for example) are usually associated with grilled beef, there are several alternatives that are excellent with savory beef dishes.
Barbera: Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti ~ $15
Barbera’s fruit characteristics and fresh acidity make it a great candidate for savory beef dishes like this. Elegant and well structured with juicy red berries, black cherries, flowers, and peppery spices, this wine is a complex, smooth, and robust wine at a great price.
Barbera: Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d’Asti ~ $13
This Italian Barbera is versatile with traditional Italian dishes but also works great with grilled meats. Black berry and black cherry aromas and flavors dominate with strong acidity lingering in the finish. Rich on the palate, this combination of fruit and good acidity is a great match for this flavorful flank steak.
Pinot Noir: Gnarly Head Pinot Noir ~ $10
Pinot Noir doesn’t get enough attention when it comes to pairing with beef dishes. Pinot has lots of savory characteristics (herbs & spice) that work great with savory dishes like this one. You’ll find lots of black cherry, spice, violets, and vanilla. It’s medium bodied with mild tannins but will stand up quite well to this lean cut of meat. It’s also a great value for a weeknight.
Malbec: Pascual Toso Malbec ~ $10
Malbec is known for its compatibility with grilled meat, and for good reason. You’ll find lots of rich cherry, strawberry, and raspberry fruit aromas along with some spice and smoky tones in this fruity wine. It is smooth in the mouth with some rich chocolate and vanilla flavors from oak aging that make it a good match for the grilled meat. This is another great value wine that is good for larger crowds for summer cookouts.
Sangiovese: Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino ~ $20
This Sangiovese is fruity and jammy with cherry, plum, raspberry, and blackberry aromas and just enough spice and vanilla. It’s a great choice if you want something lighter in body and texture yet solid enough to stand up to the mix of flavors found in the marinade and nice char from the grilled beef.
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