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Wine pairing suggestions for Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki from Redefined Mom found at Wine4.Me/blog

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Whether it’s hot outside and you don’t want to cook or you’ve just got a busy schedule, slow cooker meals can save the day. This recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps from Redefined Mom is easy to prepare and can be eaten wrap-style with lettuce or over rice if that’s what you prefer. Add a glass of wine to finish off the meal. Try one of these wine recommendations or use the Wine4.Me app to find your personalized recommendations.

Beef Teriyaki Wine Pairing

With a combination of honey, soy, and ginger, this slow cooked beef is going to be more sweet and savory than spicy. We went with wines to highlight the umami characteristics you will get from the tender soy infused meat. Look for red wines that offer rich and fruity characteristics, like the following.

Barbera: Marcarini Ciabot Camerano Barbera d’Alba ~ $17

Intensely colored, this wine is full of bright red berry aromas that lead into a full-bodied, balanced, dry wine with lively acidity. With juicy fruit and balanced sweet tannins on the mouth, the berry fruit and lingering acidity will play well with some of those sweet flavors you’ll get from the slow-cooked sauce.

Barbera: Renato Ratti Barbera d’Alba ~ $19

You’ll find some dark plum and black cherry aromas with a bit of spicy oak on this Barbera. Bold, yet balanced with some savory meaty notes, this wine has the rich fruit, structured body, and acidity to hold up to the intense flavors infused into the tender beef.

Carmenere: Vina Haras de Pirque Equus Carmenere ~ $11

Carmenère, Chile’s signature red grape, is pretty versatile with food and is a great option for a variety of meat dishes. This one offers lots of herb and spice flavors along with some violets and red berry notes. Fairly juicy and soft on the palate with a smooth finish, this is also a great bargain. The herbal and spice notes in the wine will play well with the umami flavors of the dish.

Carmenere: Errazuriz Don Maximiano Estate Single Vineyard Carmenere ~ $20

You’ll find lots of intense dark berry fruit, plum, and some mocha aromas on this full-bodied wine. The palate smooths out with milder blackberry, fig, and some mild pepper with velvety tannins and a smoky finish. The bold flavors of this wine will stand up well to the lively beef teriyaki.

Chianti Red Blend: Bolla Chianti ~ $8

This medium-bodied wine has some intensity to it with lots of cherry, violet, herb, and spice flavors and aromas. With its lively fruit flavors and great price, this is a bargain everyday sipper that will pair well with this and other casual weeknight dinners.

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