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The Essential Beef and Wine Pairing Guide

Beef wine pairing guide

Find the perfect beef dish for your wine with our easy to follow wing pairing guide.

One of the most wonderful things about winter is savouring a range of slow cooked, hearty meals. Full flavoured and nourishing, beef is perfect for these types of dishes and when it comes to choosing the perfect wine, both reds and whites can be ideal.

Key considerations are the cut of meat, how fatty it is, how it's prepared and any accompanying sauces. While red wine lovers can match almost any variety, white wine lovers should stick with fuller, more textural varieties.

Beef Wine Matching 101

Beef Wine Pairing Infographic

Medium to full & textural whites

Beef Green Curry matched to white wineAdam Walls is a real white wine lover, even in winter, which is why chargrilled beef and peanut green curry is one his favourite meals at this time of year. What makes it such a delicious choice, is that there's a great range of white wines to match. As he explains, "Perfect with curries and spicy food, Verdelho , Fiano , Pinot G , Arneis and Chardonnay have the fruit weight and acidity to perfectly offset the spices and aromas of this dish." For further inspiration, our friends at Asian Inspirations have a great guide to matching some of our favourite wines with great east asian dishes here.

Light to medium bodied aromatic reds

Chipotle beef wine pairing with light to medium bodied aromatic redsDave Mavor loves nights in during footy season, especially with a meal of spicy chipotle beef , which is a great match with light to medium bodied aromatic reds. "You could pair most reds with this dish", Dave says, "However, its smooth texture and tomatoey richness pairs deliciously with vibrant, lighter-bodied varieties such as Pinot Noir or Grenache , or Nero d'Avola ."

Medium weight & savoury reds

When he's got the family around for a Sunday feast, one of Phil Ryan's favourite meals is pot roasted beef in red wine with garlic, fennel and rosemary . For a wine match, Phil says, "Pot roasted, slow cooked and braised beef dishes with melt-in-the-mouth textures pair well with the richness and peppery spice of cool climate Shiraz, or try Mediterranean favourites, Sangiovese or Tempranillo ."

Bold & fuller bodied reds

Argentinean Beef wine pairing"We're so lucky in Australia to have so many delicious international influences and one of my favourite winter recipes is Argentinean beef steak with chimichurri sauce ", says Trent Mannell. "Bolder, fuller bodied reds such as warmer climate Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and blends, Durif and Malbec are ideal partners for barbequed or roasted beef with their charry richness."

If you're looking for more beef recipes, celebrity chef Curtis Stone is an enthusiast for all different cuts of meat. In fact, he has a butchery as part of his New York restaurant, Gwen. Read all about it in his Selector interview , then check out his recipe for 80-day dry aged ribeye with creamed corn and scallions. And, for more great beef recipes, make sure you visit

Plus, there's more winter food and wine matching inspiration to be found in our Italian inspiration feature.

Explore Wines That Match Perfectly With Beef Dishes

Jackson's Hill Claret 2009

This Trophy and Gold medal-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend was named ‘Claret’ as a homage to the Australian Clarets that came before it - a term which will soon disappear from Australian red ‘Bordeaux’ blends.
  • RegionHunter Valley
  • Order codeJACKS30609
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Your Price: $35.00
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Drayton's Bin 5555 Shiraz 2014

From one of the pioneering families of the Hunter Valley, Drayton’s have made this Bin 5555 in an easy to drink style that’s true to the region.
  • RegionHunter Valley
  • Order codeDRAYT31114
RRP: $20.00
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Your Price: $204.00
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Tinklers Old Vines Shiraz 2016

  • RegionHunter Valley
  • Order codeTINKL31116
RRP: $35.00
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Your Price: $357.00
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Driftwood Oceania Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2010

  • RegionMargaret River
  • Order codeDRIFT33610
RRP: $45.00
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McGuigan The Shortlist Montepulciano 2016

  • RegionBarossa Valley
  • Order codeMCGUI30716
RRP: $40.00
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Your Price: $408.00
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Kimbolton Brad's Block Montepulciano 2014

  • RegionLanghorne Creek
  • Order codeKIMBO30714
RRP: $30.00
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Your Price: $306.00
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Tyrrell's Wines Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2014

  • RegionHunter Valley
  • Order codeTYRRE31614
RRP: $70.00
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Your Price: $714.00
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Lambrook Shiraz 2015

  • RegionAdelaide Hills
  • Order codeLAMBR30115
RRP: $25.00
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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2016

  • RegionSa Multi-Regional
  • Order codeYALUM30116
RRP: $16.00
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Your Price: $163.20
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Dandelion Vineyards Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2012

This delightful blend has picked up 8 Gold medals so far including internationally at shows in New York, San Francisco, New Zealand, China and more!
  • RegionMcLaren Vale
  • Order codeDANDE30612
RRP: $30.00
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Your Price: $280.80
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