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Shepherd’s Pie Recipe and Wine Pairing

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Photo Source: Meagan from A Zesty Bite. Used with permission.

Shepherd’s Pie is an all-in-one wonder of a recipe. Savory beef and vegetables topped with cheesy mashed potatoes – a delightful meal for those cold nights! This Shepherd’s Pie recipe from Meagan of A Zesty Bite is perfect for the busy holiday season.

This recipe will fill two casserole dishes, so cook both if you’re feeding a crowd, or pop one in the freezer for use later. (If you choose to freeze one, just move it from the freezer to the fridge the night before you want to bake it. Then, take it out of the fridge about 45 minutes before baking as normal.)

Pair it with one of these wines and you’re sure to get rave reviews.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe and Wine Pairing

Though technically a “cottage pie,” since this recipe is made with beef rather than lamb found in a traditional Shepherd’s pie, this sway from tradition opens the dish up for a wide variety of wine options. We have below everything from an aromatic white wine to rich and hearty spoil yourself wines to fresh and fruity value Pinot Noir from the southern hemisphere. All will pair well with this savory comfort dish.

Gruner Veltliner: Weingut Fred Loimer Gruner Veltliner ~$19

If you’re craving something white to go alongside your dinner, try this aromatic Gruner Veltliner with lots of apple, herbs, spices, and a nice minerality, as well as a lot of depth. Though this isn’t a heavy wine, it has enough flavor and punch to stand up to the rich flavors of the dish and enough acidity to cut through the creaminess of the potatoes. This would be an especially nice choice if you substituted ground poultry for beef.

Bordeaux Blend: Chateau Brown, Pessac-Leognan ~$36

Sometimes the best pairing for a simple rustic dish, like Shepherd’s Pie, is a complex wine. This Bordeaux blend is a nice example of that. The simple earthy and savory flavors of the dish will not interfere with the complex and powerful flavors of this wine. Earthy and spicy with smoke, licorice, and black fruits, this wine is rich, yet smooth, with firm tannins. It might be tight at first, so decanting is recommended.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ~$26

Similar to the wine above, this is a good example of pairing a powerful, complex wine with an everyday dish. This is a solid Cab with some spice, dark ripe berry aromas, and the characteristic dusty (i.e. “Rutherford Dust”) aromas. The aromas and flavors of this wine are savory, rich, and intriguing, and will marry well with the savory components in the dish.

Pinot Noir: 3 Trees Pinot Noir ~$15

For something lighter, fruity, and easy to drink, try this Pinot Noir from Australia with fresh berry aromas and flavors (dark cherry, raspberry, strawberry) along with some pretty earth and tomato notes. The wine is bright and easy drinking and will match up with the sweet vegetables in the dish.

Pinot Noir: Wild Rock Cupid’s Arrow Pinot Noir ~$16

Another light bodied red, also from the southern hemisphere (though this time New Zealand). Berry notes, along with floral and herb aromas, lead to a light bodied, fresh and approachable wine with a juicy mouthfeel and mild tannins. The fresh berry and wild herbs will be a nice match for the earthy and savory flavors in the dish, and would be a good pick if you chose to mix up the meat and use turkey instead of beef.


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