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I’m dating a man in the wine industry….he works for one of the big importers. It’s his birthday (our first together) and he has requested I grill him a steak. What type of wine should I serve???

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  1. Lake Gal wrote on :

    Since this is his birthday and I assume you want to impress him, go with something a little more ‘impressive’. Try a nice Brunello, deep red liquid velvet. Around $70 for a nice one in a wine shop. Barolo is also similar, or my husbands all time favorite is a nice Amarone.

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  2. Eloiseatp wrote on :

    My guess is that he’ll bring the wine.
    But just in case … everyone is right with a good California Cabernet.
    My favorite is Kendall-Jackson. You can’t really go wrong there.
    If you can’t find that, you’ll also be safe with J. Lohr or Liberty School.
    Stag’s Leap and Sterling are delicious and more expensive.
    Have fun!

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  3. zeldie stuart wrote on :

    why isn’t he bringing the wine? he is the expert let him choose, especially as you don’t seem to be particularly interested in wines. regardless, if you want to impress do not do merlot. if you insist of buying the wine then go to your local wine shop and have a conversation with someone at the shop. They are usually very knowledgeable. if you truly want to impress than choose something different from a small region or vineyard and bypass the tried and true (like Merlot and Malbecs). There are so many exciting wonderful wines out there.

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  4. Barbara Phelps wrote on :

    Try a Chilean Red wine or an Australian Merlot. Not terribly expensive but great flavour! Wow him with the food (and don’t forget a great chocolate or fruit dessert!!!) in addition to a nice wine. You aren’t out to prove anything; just be yourself and enjoy the dinner!

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  5. victoria dorney wrote on :

    I agree with Wine-Know I love the Argentinian Malbecs, You can never go wrong with an Italian Barolo, Barbaressca or Amarone. These are bold reds and will compliment the steak. Check with several of your local liquor stores in your area and ask for their opinions of what works or go to the place you met him, if it was a winery and get the best red there. Good luck and don’t worry if the wine isn’t his favorite it gives you an opening to have him educate your wine palate but asking him to introduce you to his favorites wines/wineries/restaurants and remember he is there for the fine vintage you are and not the wine! There is even the chance he will be bringing the wine.

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  6. Margo Taylor wrote on :

    Since he requested steak, he may very well bring a wine that pairs with it! I do like a nice Cabernet, but it should have a little age on it. If that’s out of your price range, I agree that a nice Argentinian Malbec or an Italian Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Even an Australian Shiraz/Cabernet blend would be good!

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  7. Marcia Robinson wrote on :

    You need a real hearty red. I have 2 that I love, which are Italian. One is a Barolo ad the other is Amarone. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the names of the vinyards but any really good wine shop should be able to help you. While I adore Malbec, I don’t think it can hold up to a steak. Had it last night and didn’t have the robust body for brisket. Lunch is even better because you could always ask him what he would suggest. As to dinner, you can always ask the wine shop for their recommendation(s).

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  8. JeaneMarie Hall wrote on :

    I would choose a Charbono (a full bodied fruit flavor with peppery overtones that is rich and concentrated is it’s signature. Like Carignane and Cabernet Franc, this red goes particularly well will grilled steaks.

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  9. Loraine Alcorn wrote on :

    A California Cabernet would be great with a steak dinner

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  10. Kathy Johnson wrote on :

    Pose the question to him. What would he serve wth a steak. Don’t tell it it’s for him just ask it as a generalality. He might like that you take interest in his profession.

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  11. Kristin Drohan wrote on :

    A nice old vine Zinfindel. You could also do a cab sauvignon. If he is in the wine biz, he probably has a sophisticated palette. You may want to ask him what type of wine he likes.

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  12. Julia Schmidt wrote on :

    Have him bring the wine!

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    • Sue Mills wrote on :

      I agree with you juliebug, let him be the expert about this, impress him with your awesome self and your perfectly prepared steaks! Bon appetit!

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    • Marilyn McMillan wrote on :

      I concur. Let you (and your meal, of course) be the compliment to his wine!

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  13. Rita Tillim wrote on :

    Cabernet sauvignon is a good way to go. Another good choice for steak is a dry red wine …..Merlot (my fave). Have fun and good luck!

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  14. Sharon Kidd wrote on :

    We’re into the Malbecs – try LUGI BOSCA Malbec from Argentina – Sabrosa!!!

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  15. Denise Meckelvaney wrote on :

    Hope I don’t sound snobish but here goes. First, What kind of steak are you grilling? Next, Have you been listening for the buzz words for his favorite flavors? These help to determine what kind of wine would impress him. A Meritage or Merlot would be nice. Your price range makes a difference as to what brand you would purchase. I tend to like a Malbec with beef but usually with beef that is cooked with herbs, spices or a sauce.

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    • ellen_smart wrote on :

      Bacon wrapped tenderloin…grilled portabella caps…rosemary butter…roasted red potatoes…does that help? And I haven’t been listening for “favorite flavors”. I know what you mean but when he goes in “winespeak” which he does all the time, I tend to tune out!! For me, it’s just white-red-or pink!

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    • Denise Meckelvaney wrote on :

      Aahh, The bacon lends a twist for a salted richer flavor, I would pair with a full-bodied red wine, such as a Californian, Australian or Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins in the wine combines with the protein in the meat to create a lush, flavorful taste. A California Merlot or a Hermitage from France’s Rhone Valley are also good choices. Open the wine 20 minutes prior to mealtime to allow for the flavors in the wine to fully develop.

      May I also suggest listening for buzz words when he is tasting so when you are shopping for wine for him you can be sure to use them while getting assistance in the wine store. Trust me they know the flavors and can suggest just what you are looking for. Not to mention that those little things he will notice a lot. If he is a keeper he will definitely appreciate it.

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  16. Christia Sale wrote on :

    If you can afford it, serve whatever his favorite red wine is. You know it will be a hit, and being red, hopefully full bodied (knowing most men), it will go great with a grilled steak! Don’t mess with a sure thing! It shows him your pay attention! Cheers!

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  17. Annamarie Dodge wrote on :

    I would definitely serve him a full bodied cabernet sauvingnon to go with the steak, as a full bodied wine such as that would accompany a heavier red meat like that very well.

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  18. Heidi McLain wrote on :

    I would serve him a Napa Cabernet or an Argentine Malbec. Both are great with grilled steak. Stay away from European wines, because they are better suited to more subtly prepared foods. My best tip: Serve him a wine that is NOT from the importer he works for. He’s tasted them all and will appreciate the opportunity to try something from another importer. I have a question for you: How did you meet a single man our age who works in the wine industry? That’s like the holy grail for me!

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    • ellen_smart wrote on :

      I met him at a wine tasting, of course!!! He was behind the table, I had an empty glass… But, here’s the answer you might be looking for: I got his card, I called him, invited him to lunch…it was nerve wracking but it looks like it worked!

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    • Heidi McLain wrote on :

      Good for you! Hope it works out!

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    • ellen_smart wrote on :

      Oh my god, me too…the last guy I was dating had a “secret wife” – I hope nobody ever has to go through that…but that might be a dicussion for one of the relationship boards!!

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    • Karen Canning-Millar wrote on :

      Good call!

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