October is here and with it comes Texas Wine Month. As you know Texans not only enjoy high quality wines but we also love our beef! Fortunately Texas wines pair very well with Texas beef. Texas Fine Wine has partnered with Texas Beef Council to celebrate Texas Wine Month with some great wines and beef recipes. Here are some outstanding suggestions to keep you sippin Texas wine all month long. Each recipe can be obtained by clicking on the title.
Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Ginger-Mango Barbeque Sauce This sweet and savory recipe has my mouth watering. Plus I am always up for a good slow cooker recipe. A great wine to pair with this dish is Spicewood Vineyards 2013 The Good Guy. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Graciano. It is a round and lush red wine with aromas of dark fruit and cocoa, and flavors of black cherry and graphite. SRP $46.
Oven Texas BBQ Beef Brisket Not all good briskets have to be smoked. This brisket is oven roasted, locking in all the juices and flavors. And October is a great time of year for brisket! Pair this brisket with Duchman Family Winery 2012 Montepulciano. This wine has rich flavors of blackberries, black cherry, along with spice notes and tobacco, with a well-balanced acidity. It really blends with the brisket by highlighting its savory flavors. SRP $30.
Thai Ribbons If you are looking for something light, quick and easy to enjoy this dish is for you. All the deliciousness of beef with an Asian flare. Great to enjoy topping an Asian salad or serve with roasted vegetables of bok choy, broccoli, and red bell peppers. An ideal wine pairing is Pedernales Cellars 2014 Texas GSM. This perineal award winning wine is an easy accompaniment to this dish. This rich red wine blend delivers aromas of raspberries, fennel, mushrooms, and molasses in a full body wine with elegant structure in a soft, lingering finish. A lovely blend with the teriyaki and ginger of the Thai Ribbons. SRP $26.
Carne Asada Whether wrapped in a tortilla for fajitas, topped with chimichurri, or served on its own, carne asada is a Texas beef staple. Pair this grilled beef with notes of citrus and savory herbs with Bending Branch Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards. This wine won the 2016 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition for its depth of expression. Notes of black cherry, spice, and smokiness wrap the palate in rich texture for a full mouth-feel and long finish. SRP $32
Lone Star Beef and Veggie Burger Nothing beats a big, juicy beef burger! However, sometimes cutting calories is required, calling for a flavorful veggie burger. Well now the Texas Beef Council has crafted a win/win burger that combines beef with veggies for a juicy burger that is full of flavor. Who could resist?! I have shared many times how much I love drinking Rosé year round and how it pairs with just about everything, especially hamburgers! For a perfect pairing for this beef and veggie burger try Brennan Vineyards 2015 Dry Rosé. Crafted of 71% Mourvèdre and 29% Grenache, this Rosé offers notes of strawberries, golden raisins, and rose petals in a savory, dry wine that is crisp and refreshing. SRP $20.
Thank you to Texas Fine Wine for these great wines and beef recipes for pairing!
These recipes and wine pairings have left my mouth watering! Join me in celebrating Texas Wine Month by visiting your local retailer or ordering online to enjoy these wine and beef pairings. Let me know which recipe and wine pairing is your favorite. Cheers!