Best Wine with Brisket

Brisket is a popular cut of beef that has been slow-cooked to tenderize the meat. While brisket can be prepared in several ways, it’s most commonly braised or smoked. Brisket is usually served with mashed potatoes and gravy as well as a side dish like coleslaw or cornbread.

The best wine with brisket pairs well with these classic American foods while also complementing the flavors of the meat itself.

How is brisket made?

Brisket is a cut of beef from the breast or lower chest. It’s one of the toughest, most flavorful cuts and it’s slow-cooked at low temperatures to make it tender and delicious.

Your brisket can be smoked over smoldering hickory wood in a smoker for hours. The meat is usually flavored with a dry rub before being cooked, then served sliced across the grain (in 1/4-inch thick slices) with barbecue sauce to give it some sweetness.

Is beef brisket fatty?

Brisket is a cut of beef, not a fatty cut. It’s lean and has little fat content, but it’s still delicious. Beef brisket is also high in protein and iron, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to get their daily dose of both.

In summary: Brisket isn’t the fattiest cut of beef out there. It just has less than other cuts like filet mignon or ribeye steak, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. If you’re looking for something filling yet healthy that won’t leave you feeling guilty after dinner, go ahead and order yourself some juicy brisket today.

What goes with brisket?

Brisket is a tough cut of meat, so you need something to soften it up. The best wine with brisket is a bold red wine like Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines will pair well with the strong flavor of brisket and help you enjoy your meal.

Briskets are often served with mashed potatoes and cornbread on the side. Mashed potatoes have a creamy texture that complements the flavorful steak, while cornbread adds some sweetness to balance out all that rich beefiness. You can also serve your brisket with vegetables such as carrots, onions, and celery if desired.

What flavors does beef brisket have?

Briskets carry with them deep, rich flavors. They have a strong smoky flavor and also a meaty taste. Some people even describe the flavor of beef brisket as sweet or earthy.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Brisket

If you want to pair the best wine with brisket, then try a Cabernet Sauvignon. The best wines for pairing with beef are full-bodied and bold in flavor. And that’s just what Cabernet Sauvignon provides: rich blackcurrant, black cherry, and cedar flavors that match perfectly with the hearty, comforting taste of this meaty dish.

I recommend the following Cabernet Sauvignon with your brisket:

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.

Syrah/Shiraz and Brisket

Syrah (also known as Shiraz) also makes an excellent pairing with beef. It has flavors of dark berries and blackcurrant, is full-bodied, and pairs well with beef in particular. The high tannin content of brisket makes it especially good for this match.

Try one of these with your brisket for an excellent pairing:

Calcareous Reserve Syrah 2020, Paso Robles

From the winery. “Aged in 40% deeply toasted French barrels for 18 months, our Estate Syrah is made to showcase the depth and power of the varietal from our soil. Full of juicy blackberry, dark cocoa, and tar mingling with rich fully ripe tannin, this massive wine is built for marbled rib eye and slow-smoked pork shoulder. It should age exquisitely for 12+ years.”    

Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend 2018

A great wine to pair with. Flavors of black and red fruits with black pepper. Notes of vanilla, chocolate with good acidity. Blended 57% Syrah, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Cabernet Franc.

Seppeltsfield 2018 Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

You can’t have a list of great Shiraz without a Barossa Valley and this is a cracker. It is a bold red with a fruity bouquet of dark cherry and blackberry with hints of oak, vanilla, and coffee. Acidity is good with medium tannins.  Highly recommended.

Zinfandel and Brisket

Zinfandel is a full-bodied red wine that has a high tannin content. The alcohol content of this wine is also high and will help the meat to cook more quickly, as well as giving it flavor.

Looking for a good Zinfandel? Try one of these:

Journeyman Wines, San Lorenzo ‘The Pearl’ Old Vine Red (Alexander Valley)

A floral bouquet with notes of tobacco and anise. This is a bold, full-bodied red

It has rich flavors of chocolate, with dark fruits and pepper. Velvet smooth mouthfeel and a tannic finish. Let it breathe before serving.

Hartford Family Winery Hartford Dina’s Vineyard Zinfandel

Hartford Russian River Valley Zinfandel presents aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, and black cherry. White pepper and allspice add complexity to this wine’s fruity bouquet. A burst of blueberry, raspberry, nutmeg, and chocolate flavors leads to a long-lasting finish.

Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2020

Another excellent Zinfandel from Russian River, California. 

Ruby-red in color. On the nose, it is bright cherry with aromas of blackberry and raspberry with notes of vanilla and tobacco. It is medium-full-bodied and very smooth on the palate. 

Pinot Noir and Brisket

Pinot Noir is a very versatile wine that pairs well with beef, especially if you’re looking for a light red wine. It has a fruity flavor and can be served chilled or at room temperature. If you’re planning on pairing your brisket with Pinot Noir, consider preparing the wine in advance by chilling it in the refrigerator so that it is ready to serve when your guests arrive.

I have selected the following Pinot Noir that will go well with your brisket. Try these for a great pairing:

2016 Domaine Lecheneaut Les Pruliers

This is towards the more expensive end of the price range but no doubt this is an exceptional wine. Les Pruliers has a strong color. The wine offers aromas of fresh red fruit, wild prunes, and licorice. As it ages, it adds depth and roundness. It has aromas of cocoa, and smoked meat.

2019 Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Rouge

More affordable is the Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Rouge. This is an organic pinot noir that’s delicate, easy to drink, and naturally delicious. It has a fresh, crunchy, summer pudding fruit flavor with crisp acidity and just lip-smacking moreishness. And because it’s low in sulfur, it’s great for summer or winter drinking.

2018 Corazza Pinot Nero

At the lower end of the price range is the Pinot Nero. This is a unique wine from Friuli, a region in northeastern Italy. It’s made from the pinot noir grape and is unlike other pinot noirs you might be used to. It’s light, bright, and easy to drink.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best wine with brisket, these wines offer the best pairing.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • Zinfandel
  • Pinot Noir

My personal preference is Cabernet Sauvignon when pairing with brisket. The bold dark fruit flavors, smokiness, and tannins really elevate the flavor of the beef.

If you are looking for a great recipe for brisket, check out Meathead at Amazingribs.com. His Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket is exceptional and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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