Perfect Wine Pairings for Premier Steaks

The best partner for stellar wine? If you ask us, it’s hard to beat some equally-stellar beef. So, when Pursuit Farms sent us three cuts of their top-class Wagyu, we dropped everything and dug into the Wine Access cellar to find our perfect pairings. 

Pursuit Farms sources beef of unparalleled quality, putting only the finest cuts on tables across the U.S. With our world-class wine selections at their side, this Wagyu truly sings. Together, they bring out the best in each other, delivering a culinary experience that’s sure to elevate any date night or dinner party. 

Pour your wine, give the steak a light sear, and get ready to indulge.

Japanese Emperor’s Ohmi A5

This top-tier Wagyu is commonly known as the Japanese Emperor’s favorite. One taste and you’ll see why. It boasts a bold richness fit for royalty. Champagne isn’t the most common steak companion, but the yellow apple and quince fruit crispness of the NV Champagne M. Brugnon provides a vibrant palate refresher. Likewise, the Imayo Tsukasa BLACK Junmai sake cuts through the Ohmi’s richness with citrus zest and bright acidity befitting its Michelin restaurant pedigree. 

Sendai Beef Striploin

Earning the Sendai name isn’t easy. There’s a list of highly specific requirements, most significantly a beef marbling score of 10 or higher, which means unrivaled tenderness and flavor. A glass of 2016 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir—a Willamette Valley gem—will contribute a balanced acidity and spice to this steak’s buttery delicacy. Or, go bolder with the Domaine Curry Cabernet, which received 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, for layers of blue and black fruit to complement the Sendai’s velvety lightness.

35-Day Australian Wagyu Striploin

The Australian cut brings a fuller, out-on-the-range element to the party while maintaining the Wagyu’s trademark tenderness. Here, you should go big with some bold flavor and tannin to play off the cut’s meatier qualities. Reach for the 2016 Larry Hyde Hyde Vineyard Estate Syrah, which boasts prestigious vineyards and plenty of berries on the palate. Or the 2010 Arietta Variation One Red, a library Syrah/Merlot blend with the dark fruit and tannin structure to balance this cut’s rich fat. The critically-acclaimed 2015 Clos de L’Oratoire Saint-Emilion offers expressive fruit and muscular tannins that would make another ideal plateside companion. 

Pursuit Farms Wagyu is delicious on its own. So are these wines. But if you want to appreciate both even more, get the set.