Best Wine for Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is a classic dish. A favorite for many, but not everyone thinks to pair it with wine. In fact, the right bottle of wine will make your beef stroganoff taste even better. In this article, I’ll take a look at some of the different types of wines that pair well with beef stroganoff and talk about what to look for when choosing one for your meal.

Pairing with beef stroganoff

You’re not alone if you’ve stared at the wine section in your local grocery store and wondered how to choose a bottle that goes with beef stroganoff. This hearty dish is great with red wine, but you can also pair it with white wine. It all depends on your personal taste and the other flavors of the dish.

Here are some things to consider when pairing wine with beef stroganoff:

  • Consider how much sugar there is in your sauce. If there’s a lot of sugar in your sauce, look for a sweet white wine like Riesling or Moscato d’Asti.
  • If the sauce is more savory, try a dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. If there’s not a lot of sugar in your sauce, but you still want to go with white wine, try an aromatic Riesling or Gruner Veltliner.
  • If you’re making Beef Stroganoff, it’s likely that there will be mushrooms in your sauce. This is a great opportunity to pair with wine. Mushrooms tend to absorb flavors easily and they pair well with many different types of wine. Consider what type of mushroom your recipe has and then choose a wine that complements those flavors.

Which Wines Should I Pair With?

Let’s look at a few wines that will pair well with Beef Stroganoff:

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine from the Chardonnay grape. This grape grows all over the world. Most commonly associated with France. White wines are usually thought of as being light, fruity, and crisp to taste. This is what makes them so versatile for pairing with many different kinds of food dishes.

Beef stroganoff is one such dish that pairs well with Chardonnay because it has similar flavors to the dish: beef and mushrooms both have earthy notes that come through in both items. In addition to having an affinity for spices and herbs like those used in beef stroganoff (and even cheese), Chardonnays also pair well with seafood dishes like oysters or mussels.

Their versatility makes them an affordable option too; you can get a bottle of good quality Chardonnay for around $15-$20, which means you probably won’t break the bank if your dinner party gets wild later on.

Here are some good Chardonnays to try:

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay

This vineyard is located in California, and it’s a great place to start your search for a good Chardonnay with crab legs. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Sonoma Valley, where the climate is ideal for growing them. Fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels for richness, toastiness, and complexity.

J. Lohr Chardonnay

This California winery has been making award-winning wines for over 30 years, and this Chardonnay is no exception. They use grapes from their own vineyards in Monterey County, which means that you can be sure the quality is always high. This wine has a rich golden color with notes of citrus and vanilla on the nose.

Ladera Vineyards Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands, which is a cool climate area. It’s aged in French oak barrels for about 15 months before being bottled and has notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts on the nose.

Hagafen Cellars “Reserve” Napa Valley Chardonnay

Made from grapes grown in Napa Valley. It has a rich golden color with notes of citrus, vanilla, and toasted hazelnuts on the nose. It’s aged for about 18 months in French oak barrels before being bottled.

Merlot

Merlot is a red wine that has a flavor profile similar to beef stroganoff, making it an excellent choice for the dish. It is a wine full of body and is known for its fruitiness and soft tannins.

These Merlots are great for Beef Stroganoff:

Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Napa Valley Merlot 2019

This mountainside Napa red, from the historic estate Mayacamas, has 5% cabernet franc in the blend that seems to lift the herbal notes on the nose. Bright blueberry fruit is balanced by savory mushroom and pencil-lead flavors that are brilliantly held by the acidity and fine firm tannins that will allow this to age.

Arietta 2019 Merlot “Hudson” Carneros Napa

The 2019 Merlot Hudson Vineyard is full of dark fruit, chocolate, and other savory notes that add complexity to the wine. The wine has a fruity bouquet, with aromas of fresh blueberries and raspberries mixed with vanilla and oak.

Château Lyonnat Emotion, Lussac Saint-Emilion, 2016

The wine’s deep and intense ruby color is accented by a powerful nose with aromas of black fruits, blackcurrant, and darker berries. Notes of toasty oak lend complexity to an already complex bouquet. The wine’s aroma and flavor are bold, yet elegant. The woodsy scent of truffles lingers on the palate after each sip is swallowed.

Cabernet Sauvignon

The boldness of Cabernet Sauvignon makes it a great choice for beef stroganoff. This hearty, rich red wine has a deep flavor that complements the rich sauce and hearty meat in this classic dish. It is also an excellent choice for other dishes that feature red meat or game meats, like venison stew or lamb curry.

These are some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon for Beef Stroganoff:

Substance ‘Cs’ Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

From the winery itself, “Classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Currant, blackberry, cigar box with touches of chocolate, cedar, and pencil lead. Full flavored & just so damn good. I should raise the price!”

Château Lynch-BagesPauillac (Grand Cru Classé) 2016

It exhibits a deep red color with notes of dark fruit, cassis, blackcurrants, and a distinctive hint of mint. On the palate, it is full in body with ripe tannins and cassis throughout. The finish is long.

Flat Top Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. It is distinctly dark fruit on the palate with cocoa and vanilla notes. It has gentle spices like nutmeg and cassis. The finish is smooth, long, and velvety.

Conclusion

Remember, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on wine to pair with Beef Stroganoff. The key is finding wines that are similar in flavor profile to the dish itself. The most important thing is to make sure there is enough acidity in both the wine and food so they complement each other well. If you follow these tips and find something that tastes good together, then there’s no doubt it will be delicious.

For the record, my favorite with Beef Stroganoff is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. It has good acidity and soft tannins that mellow further with the beef.

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Want to make your own beef stroganoff at home? I highly recommend Rachel Soszynski’s recipe on foodandwine.com. If there is a better one I’ve yet to find it.