As the temperature drops, you’re likely craving meals that will keep you warm and cozy — like a sizzling steak! And you know what goes perfectly with steak? Wine, of course. At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, you can celebrate the fall season by pairing your favorite steak with one of the selections on our award-winning wine list. We’ve handpicked labels from around the world for your enjoyment, and each one is ready to be enjoyed with your meal at Ruth’s Chris.
Reserve a table at your nearest Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurant or continue reading to learn more about the best steak and wine pairings for the fall season.
Choose Your Favorite Steak Cut
First, you need to select your preferred cut of meat. Fortunately, any steak-lover should have no trouble finding their favorite on our Dinner Menu. Some of our most popular offerings include:
- Filet: 11 ounces (petite: eight ounces) of our most tender, lean Midwestern beef.
- Ribeye: 16 ounces (petite: 12 ounces) of prime beef, well-marbled for peak flavor and deliciously juicy.
- Cowboy Ribeye: 22 ounces of bone-in prime beef with all of the flavor of our boneless ribeye.
- New York Strip: 16 ounces of full-flavored prime beef with a slightly firmer texture than a ribeye.
- Porterhouse for Two: 40 ounces of prime beef with the rich flavor of a strip and the tenderness of a filet.
No matter which cut of meat you decide to order, your steak will arrive well-marbled, seasoned to perfection, and sizzling in butter and parsley on a 500° plate. Talk about decadence!
Full-Bodied Cabernet Sauvignon
In terms of steak and wine pairings, you can’t go wrong with a robust Cabernet Sauvignon, also known as steak’s best friend. That’s why you’ll find a variety of Cabernet Sauvignon options on the wine list at every Ruth’s Chris restaurant.
This varietal’s high concentration of tannins will help cut through a particularly juicy, fatty steak such as a ribeye or New York Strip. Plus, the Cabernet’s full body helps it stand up to the steak’s texture, and its dark fruit flavors complement the meatiness like a match made in heaven. What more could you possibly want in a steak and wine pairing?
Fruity Pinot Noir
If you’re in the mood for a leaner, more tender cut of meat like a filet, we recommend a Pinot Noir, a much lighter varietal than the Cabernet. Pinot Noir brings pleasant flavors of red fruit and subtle oaky notes to the table. As a result, these great wines complement the gentle taste of the filet without overpowering it.
All of that said, if you decide to upgrade your steak with one of our Entree Complements, like a blue cheese crust or hollandaise sauce, you might want to choose a heavier, smokier Pinot Noir. Your server can guide you in the right direction – just ask!
Other Red Wine Suggestions
In general, ordering a red wine with steak should serve you well, even if it’s not a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. That’s why we have a number of other red wines available by the glass and bottle.
For instance, pair a juicy ribeye with a spicy Zinfandel. You can also try a Merlot, Malbec, or Shiraz. Any of these dry reds will pair with a filet just fine.
Visit Ruth’s Chris for Steak and Wine This Fall
Ready to raise your glass to the season over a delicious steak dinner? Head on over to your local Ruth’s Chris restaurant to enjoy the best steak and wine pairings for dinner tonight.