For some families, homemade prime rib is a holiday tradition. It sounds so daunting, but Brenda from Meal Planning Magic makes it sound very doable with her Festive Prime Rib recipe. You just need three simple ingredients for a rub, and then ample time for it to cook.
When it is cooked to perfection, enjoy with a glass or two of one of these wines.
Prime Rib Recipe and Wine Pairing
Prime Rib is a classic holiday dish. So to honor this, we chose equally classic pairing suggestions for this flavorful and tender meat — Cabernet based wines and blends, like Bordeaux. Additionally, Merlot, which is one of the grapes in Bordeaux blends, works just as well.
Bordeaux Blend: Chateau Les Graves de Barrau ~ $13
Bordeaux works well with prime rib because of the savory notes and dried herbs it often exudes, complimenting that of the meat. This one, with aromas of black berries and dark cherry, is well balanced and smooth, with some earth, spice, and vanilla flavors.
Bordeaux Blend: Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite Collection Reserve Speciale Bordeaux ~ $14
For a bigger and richer example, try this one, with its dark purple color and powerful aromas of ripe red and bold black berry fruit, spice, violet, and a touch of sweet vanilla. This wine has more rich concentrated fruit in the mouth, with pepper, herbs, and firm tannins that will mellow out with each bite of the tender meat.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $47
This is an intense wine, with concentrated black berry fruits, herbs, and spice, along with complex earthy and smoky tones. It is smooth and complex in the mouth with more dark berry, plum, and earth tones, and medium tannins with nice acidity. You’ll want to let this one air out a bit, or pour it into a decanter before drinking. But with a little breathing, this will be a fantastic pairing for an elegant celebratory dinner or special occasion.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $14
For a nice Cab at a value price, try this one with lots of cherry, black currants, and raspberry aromas, along with some spice, earth, and vanilla notes. The mouth is rich, full, and fruity, balanced out with some smoky notes and mild tannins. It’s nicely balanced, and the fruit will meld nicely with the juicy meat from the prime rib.
Merlot: Casa Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot ~ $13
For a wine with lots of jammy fruit, check out this Merlot, with expressive black and red berry fruit, juicy plums, and a bit of fresh pepper. Loads of rich fruit fill the mouth of this medium bodied wine with some oak notes lingering on the finish.
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