During the summer, slow cookers are a great way to make sure you’ve got a meal on the table after a long day of fun in the sun or a busy day at work. Sometimes vegetables in slow cooker recipes can get a bit overcooked and soggy. That isn’t a problem in this recipe for Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Broccoli from Kelly at Redefined Mom. Her secret? Add the broccoli towards the end of cooking while you cook up the rice and pour yourself a glass of wine!
Spicy Beef and Broccoli Wine Pairing
In general, one of the easiest pairings for a Chinese inspired dish like this is a semi-sweet to sweet Riesling. The sweet and fruity flavors will balance with the sweetness of the dish and offset any heat you may add from the pepper flakes. Rosé is another easy match. But these aren’t your only options. Since you can control the level of spice, you can go as light as you want.
If you choose red, just make sure to go with something that has lighter tannins, as they can interfere with any spice and umami characteristics.
Carmenere: Santa Ema Selected Terroir Carmenere ~ $8
This Carmenere has some signature pepper notes that make it a fun match for this dish. It is deep in color with aromas and flavors of black and blue berry fruit, plum, and some fresh black pepper notes. The rich fruit will stand up to the flavors in the broth. It’s also a good weeknight value for this simple slow cooked meal.
Zinfandel: Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel ~ 9
A simple Zinfandel can work well with it’s jammy fruit and low tannins. Not all are alike though, so look for the value priced ones for more of the easy drinking fruity style, like this Vintner’s Blend from Ravenswood. With black cherry, dark berries, pepper, and spice, this will go quite nicely with the tender flavorful meat and won’t be afraid of any spice you may add to the dish.
Zinfandel: Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel ~ $8
This one comes across powerful with rich and ripe raspberry and dark berry fruit aromas but ends up much softer and a bit silky in the mouth, with just a touch of spice. The softness will blend well with the beef and sweet sauce and not overpower the flavors.
Viognier: Cline Viognier ~ $11
Viognier can often be rich with strong floral aromatics. This one is a bit toned down with pretty aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and apricots. It has a medium to full body and also has a bit of residual sugar on it (just a touch), which will tone down any heat you may add to the dish.
Viognier: Stag’s Leap Viognier ~ $25
For a more complex and elegant version of Viognier, try this one from Stag’s Leap. It’s medium bodied with lots of vibrant peach, apricot, lime zest, and nectarine fruit, along with bright acidity and nice minerality, which make it a fresh compliment, yet equal in weight, to the beef and broccoli.
Other Slow Cooker Recipes & Wine Pairings
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Wine Pairing
- Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe’s Wine Pairing
- Slow Cooker Fire-Roasted Chili Wine Pairing
- Wines to Pair with Slow Cooker Freezer Packs
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