Beef Stroganoff is a delicious beef and buttered noodle dish (or rice/potatoes) served in a sauce made out of beef broth, sour cream, mushrooms, garlic and onion. When pairing wine with Beef Stroganoff, you generally want heavier and not so fruit-forward red wines like Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc or Brunello di Montalcino. Despite Beef Stroganoff containing mushrooms, the creamy meat flavours are far too heavy for a Pinot Noir or Burgundy.
Old World Syrah & Beef Stroganoff Pairing
While full of strong flavours, Beef Stroganoff is rather plain, so you don’t want to overpower it with a jammy red, as it will overpower the sauce. This is why an old-world Syrah is not as fruit forward as an Australian Shiraz. While you still get notes of fruit, you’ll also find earthy and pepper notes that complement the spice and mushroom flavours in the Beef Stroganoff. Syrah also provides enough tannin to hold up to the creamy beef flavours, while its silky mouthfeel offers refreshing notes of blackberry, cherry and blueberry flavours on the finish.
Merlot & Beef Stroganoff Pairing
An oaked Merlot with soft tannin features delicious notes of dark cherries and chocolate, along with aromas of mocha and smoke. The coca, smoke and mocha aromas hit it off with the earthy mushroom, garlic and onion flavours. Meanwhile, the wine’s dark cherry flavours shine when squared off against the beef.
While the tannin in an oaked aged Merlot are soft, the wine still has enough body to hold up to the rich and creamy flavours of Beef Stroganoff. This means you’ll taste both the wine and each bite of food on the finish.
Bordeaux & Beef Stroganoff Pairing
Either a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot based Bordeaux will work just fine here, as long as the Bordeaux bottle is aged. While meaty, Beef Stroganoff requires soft tannin to match the creamy flavours of the sauce. A young Bordeaux might be too snappy with its tannin to jive with the laid back Stroganoff sauce.
Beef Stroganoff has basic primary flavours of beef, cream and mushroom, which doesn’t require a flashy wine to enhance. What an aged Bordeaux offers is a food-friendly wine that is meant to go with hearty beef dishes. The tannin that remains in the wine grips on to the beef flavours nicely, while the acidity in the wine washes away the creamy flavours on the finish, gearing you up for the next bite.
Brunello di Montalcino & Beef Stroganoff Pairing
Brunello di Montalcino is made from the Sangiovese grape and requires about 10 years of aging before it is a suitable pairing with Beef Stroganoff. At its prime, Brunello’s notes of blackberries, leather, chocolate and cedar will shine through, making for both a complementary and contrasting pairing. The less seasoned your Beef Stroganoff, the better, as Brunello has a spicy flavour which will help you enjoy the beauty of this wine.
Cabernet Franc & Beef Stroganoff Pairing
A well-made Cabernet Franc has lots of aromas of plum, black currant on the nose, plus subtle hints of herbs and green bell peppers, or green olives. The herbal and green bell pepper/olive notes of Cabernet Franc mix well with the garlic, mushroom and onion flavours of Beef Stroganoff. Meanwhile the plum and black currant flavours hold up to this meaty and creamy dish, and follow through on the finish.