Summertime is here, and we’re looking for simple and delicious meals that keep the heat out of the kitchen. These Coffee Crusted Grilled Ribeye Steaks from The Lemon Bowl are just the thing. Head over to Liz’s blog to grab the recipes and a great tip on how to cook perfect ribeyes. When you’re ready to eat that beautiful steak, grab one of these bottles of wine to enjoy with it.
Coffee Crusted Grilled Ribeye Wine Pairing
There are many great pairings for Cabernet Sauvignon, but one of the very best is a grilled ribeye steak. This is because many Cabs have medium to high levels of tannins, the component of wine that can make your mouth really dry. The fat content of a grilled ribeye will coat the palate and soften those tannins so they are less noticeable and the wine is more enjoyable to sip. Plus the juices from the steak and the flavorful grilled crust are a great match to the rich fruit and spice flavors found in Cabernet Sauvignon. Here are few Cabs and Cab blends to check out.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $15
This Cab is full of rich dark berry fruit (blackberries, black cherries) and plums along with fresh ground pepper, herbs, spices, sweet vanilla, and toasty oak. This wine has a lot going on with richness in the mouth and firm tannins that will mellow out with each bite of that tender juicy steak.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $14
Bold, yet balanced and complex, with a mix of dark cherry, red berries, vanilla, spice, and even some herbal aromas and flavors. Smooth and vibrant in the mouth with balanced tannins, this medium-bodied Cab will be a winner with the grilled steaks for sure.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Castle Rock Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $11
Rich black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas along with baking spices, coffee, and a bit of sweet oak on this full-bodied (but not super rich) wine. The structured tannins and smooth body will be an excellent match for the juicy steaks. This wine is quite elegant for the price.
Red Blend: Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend ~ $12
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, this wine is considered one of the best values coming out of Washington State year after year. It has dark berry aromas, herbs, sweet vanilla, and toasty oak aromas and flavors. Balanced with medium tannins, you’ll find some spice, cocoa, and coffee notes that will really compliment the dry rub on these steaks!
Red Blend: Apothic Red ~ $9
This popular wine that comes in an eye-catching bottle is rich, hearty and fruity. It is typically a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has loads of dark jammy berry fruit flavors and spice with a bit of rich chocolate and sweet vanilla. It’s easy drinking and a bargain.
Other Summer Recipe & Wine Pairings
- Lemony Pesto Pasta with Peas & Wine Pairing
- Steak Salad with Strawberries & Wine Pairing
- Summer Orzo Pasta Salad and Wines to Pair
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