A cozy stew is just the thing to warm you up on a chilly fall evening. Make stew simple with this Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe from Linda Etherton of Gluten-Free Homemaker. Don’t eat gluten-free? No worries! Simply substitute regular all-purpose flour for the rice flour in this recipe. Serve this delicious beef stew with a side salad and one of these lovely wines.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe and Wine Pairing
Beef stew brings one word to mind – comfort. When it comes to pairing a wine with a hearty, comforting, beef stew I think of a wine that also evokes comfort – a hearty red wine. A classic pairing is red Bordeaux with the earthy aromas and dark berry fruit that compliment the earthy stewed flavors of the dish, but all five of the wines below would be great matches for this slow cooked meal.
If you want to add another layer of flavor to the dish, I recommend adding a bit (a cup will do) of the same wine you intend to drink into the crock-pot to cook alongside the other ingredients. It will add some richness and depth of flavor to the dish and compliment whichever wine you chose to drink.
Bordeaux Blend: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve ~$45
Rich deep dark berry fruit, with complex spice, herbs, and some earth tones. This is a big wine and will have some tannins if consumed young. These tannins will be softened by the rich stew and slow cooked beef. Allow it to open up and breathe before drinking.
Bordeaux Blend: Bodega Norton Privada Red ~$22
Complex and aromatic with big dark berry, cassis, coffee, and spice notes. This lush, yet elegant wine will really brighten up some of the earthy elements of the stew by contributing rich, ripe fruit, and smoky toasty flavors.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon ~$10
For a great value try this wine filled with luscious berry (blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry) and dark cherry fruit. This easy drinking, yet full-bodied wine has the fruit and structure to balance out the earthy and stewed elements in the dish.
Rhone Blend: Chateau Mont Redon Cotes-du-Rhone ~$16
For something with some stewed meat and earth aromas try this Cotes-du-Rhone. Red berry aromas meet with spice, pepper, and leather, with balanced tannins. The fruit, earth, and spice are all balanced here, blending well with the flavorful earthy stew.
Merlot: Benzinger Family Winery Merlot ~$16
Rich red berry fruit, plum, blackberry, chocolate, and spice–this wine is full-bodied and luscious. A nice choice if you want something that is rich and comforting yet won’t overpower the stewed meat and vegetables.
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