What to Look For
Young Cabernets and Merlots with tannins make them especially good choices for checking the overall fattiness of grilled meat and deep-fried potatoes. Moreover, the savoriness of seared beef and the regulation salt on the fries bring out these wines’ ripe fruitiness. Just about any serious Cab or Merlot is a candidate for steak frites, but save your older, more delicate vintages for subtler fare.
- Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
- Cabernet-based Super-Tuscan from Italy
- California Merlot
- Red Bordeaux
- Chilean red