What Wine Goes Best with Lamb?
Lamb is a rich, flavorful and aromatic meat and a perfect centerpiece entre for a black tie wedding. Popular also in Australia, the Middle East, and especially Central Asia (Mongolia leads the way in consumption of lamb), lamb is a great option to make any wedding meal elegant and distinct.
But what kind of cut should you pick, and what wine pairings accent lamb’s natural flavors best?
Type of Cut: Wherever you’re having your food catered from, if you opt for lamb, you’ll want to have certain cuts in mind. The most popular cuts in the United States are typically chops or racks, which are also the most expensive. French trimmed racks mean that meat is taken off the edges of the bones and makes for a truly elegant and striking presentation.
Less expensive cuts include shoulder, loin chop, rump, shank and neck. Loin chops can also be very tender and are an option if you want something a little cheaper.
Wine Pairings: Lamb, which is best served on the pink side, is a rich, bold and aromatic meat that is tender at its best. The type of cut will determine what pairs best with your lamb, but most lambs go best with red wines.
For chops or racks, go with a more full bodied, red wine. Other cuts may do better with a lighter wine with a light fruit element.
- Lamb Chops are best paired with a full bodied red wine to complement the tender and rich taste. Something like Montoya or Silver Oak Cabernet from Nappa Valley, with fruity notes and a touch of oak marries the sweet elements and the more savory in the lamb. Other choices include a Pinot Noir, such as the French Jean-Claude Boisset Bourgogne Pinoit Noir Les Ursulines Burgundies, which features toasty oak and black cherry.
- Loin Chops tend to go best with something that that complements a light, clean flavor. A light, grape Italian wine like a Nebbiolo is a great option.
No matter what cut of lamb you decide is best for your wedding, fruity wines with a touch of oak are the best way to go. With these tips in mind, you’re on your way to an elegant touch to a memorable wedding reception.