Beginner’s Guide to Steak and Wine Pairing

Steak and wine pairing is a classic culinary tradition that has been celebrated for centuries. The combination of a perfectly cooked cut of steak and a well-matched wine creates a symphony of flavors that can elevate a meal to new heights of gastronomic delight. The richness and complexity of a juicy cut of steak, with its tender texture and savory flavors, can be beautifully complemented or contrasted by the nuanced notes of a carefully selected wine, enhancing the dining experience and creating a harmonious balance on the palate. All of that and many more amazing pairings can be tasted at Beauty & The Butcher

When it comes to the best wine to pair with steak, the principles of flavor matching and contrasting play a crucial role; the type of steak, the cooking method, the seasonings, and the sauce all influence the dish’s flavor profile, and choosing the right wine can enhance or balance these flavors to create a memorable dining experience. Whether it’s a succulent ribeye, a tender filet mignon, or a robust New York strip, the choice of wine can elevate the natural flavors of the steak and create a sensory symphony that tantalizes the taste buds. From bold reds with robust tannins that can cut through the richness of a fatty steak, to elegant whites or rosés that can provide a refreshing contrast to a well-marbled piece of meat, the world of steak and wine pairing offers endless possibilities for culinary exploration and enjoyment.

What Kind of Wine Goes With Steak

Ribeye & Bone-In

Ribeye and Bone-In steaks are known for their rich marbling, tender texture, and intense flavors, making them a favorite among steak enthusiasts. When it comes to wine pairing, these cuts of steak require a wine that can complement their bold and robust characteristics. A red wine with ample body, depth, and structure is typically recommended to match the intensity of flavors in Ribeye and Bone-In steaks.

One classic wine pairing for Ribeye and Bone-In steaks is a Cabernet Sauvignon. The full-bodied nature of Cabernet Sauvignon, with its dark fruit flavors, firm tannins, and hints of oak, can stand up to the richness and fattiness of these cuts of steak. The tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon can help cut through the marbling and cleanse the palate, while the fruit-forward notes can complement the beefy flavors of the steak, creating a harmonious balance on the palate. Additionally, the oak influences in Cabernet Sauvignon, such as vanilla or cedar, can add complexity and enhance the flavors of the steak, creating a delightful dining experience.

Another excellent wine pairing option for Ribeye and Bone-In steaks is a bold and flavorful Malbec. Malbec, with its dark fruit flavors, plush texture, and soft tannins, can complement the rich and juicy characteristics of the steak. The fruit-forward notes of Malbec, such as blackberry, plum, and dark cherry, can enhance the steak’s natural flavors, while the soft tannins can help balance the meat’s richness. Additionally, the earthy undertones and hints of spice often found in Malbec can add depth and complexity to the pairing, creating a memorable culinary experience.

Porterhouse & T-Bone

These steaks are prized for their large size, succulent flavor, and distinctive T-shaped bone that separates the tenderloin from the strip steak. These cuts of steak are often cooked to perfection on a grill, resulting in a charred crust and juicy, flavorful meat. When it comes to wine pairing, the robust flavors call for a wine that can complement their richness and depth while also standing up to the bold flavors of the meat.

A bold and complex Cabernet Franc is the best wine to pair with steak. Cabernet Franc, with its ripe fruit flavors, moderate tannins, and herbaceous notes, can be a perfect match for the intense flavors of these cuts of steak. The herbaceous characteristics of Cabernet Franc, such as green bell pepper, tobacco, or cedar, can complement the smoky flavors of a grilled cut of steak. In contrast, the ripe fruit notes, such as blackcurrant or raspberry, can add a touch of sweetness that enhances the meat’s natural flavors. The moderate tannins in Cabernet Franc can help cut through the meat’s richness, while the wine’s structure and complexity can elevate the dining experience to a new level.

Another excellent wine pairing option is a bold and velvety Syrah/Shiraz. With its dark fruit flavors, robust body, and spicy undertones, it can provide a complementary contrast to the flavors of the steak. The dark fruit notes of Syrah/Shiraz, such as blackberry, plum, or black pepper, can add a burst of flavor that complements the savory characteristics of the meat. In contrast, the wine’s plush texture and velvety mouthfeel can add a luxurious sensation to the dining experience. The spicy undertones of Syrah/Shiraz, such as black pepper, cloves, or smoked meat, can also echo the smoky flavors of a grilled Porterhouse or T-Bone steak, creating a harmonious pairing that delights the senses.


Sirloin steak, known for its lean and flavorful meat, can be wonderfully complemented by a dry wine that enhances its natural flavors. A classic wine pairing for Sirloin is a medium to full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. These wines have enough structure and depth to match the richness of this cut of steak while also providing a complementary contrast to its lean texture.

With its softer tannins, medium body, and plush texture, Merlot can also be an excellent choice for pairing with Sirloin. The smooth and velvety mouthfeel of this dry wine can enhance the tenderness of the cut of steak, while the fruit-forward flavors, such as plum or red berries, can add a touch of sweetness that complements the savory notes of the steak.

Ultimately, the ideal dry wine pairing for Sirloin may vary depending on personal preferences and the specific characteristics of the steak. Still, a glass of dry red wine with enough structure, depth, and complementary flavors can elevate the dining experience and create a delightful synergy with the lean and flavorful meat of Sirloin steak.

Filet Mignon

Known for its tenderness and delicate flavor, it can be elegantly paired with various wines. The lean and buttery texture of Filet Mignon pairs well with medium to full-bodied red wines that have balanced acidity, moderate tannins, and complementary flavors. Some popular wine choices for Filet Mignon include Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, and Red Burgundy. Pinot Noir, with its red fruit flavors, silky texture, and medium body, can beautifully complement the tender meat of Filet Mignon without overpowering its delicate flavors. 

Bordeaux, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, can offer a complex profile with notes of black fruits, herbs, and earthiness that can complement the richness of Filet Mignon. Red Burgundy, made from Pinot Noir grapes, can showcase a combination of red fruit flavors, earthiness, and subtle spice notes that can enhance the nuances of Filet Mignon. The key is to find a wine that complements its tenderness and subtlety of it without overwhelming its delicate flavors, creating a harmonious pairing that elevates the dining experience.


If you’re looking to indulge in a fantastic steak and wine pairing experience, visiting Beauty and the Butcher can be a great choice. You can savor delicious, expertly prepared steaks cooked to perfection, paired with a carefully curated wine list that complements the flavors of the meat. The modern and sophisticated ambiance, attentive service, and innovative concept make Beauty and the Butcher an ideal destination for steak and wine lovers.