A Perfect Winter Match!

Rich and earthy red wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Super Tuscan, Lagrein, Malbec, Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf du Pape pair best with the braised meaty flavours of Osso Buco. Osso Buco is either veal or beef shanks that are braised in a tomato-based sauce to the point where the meat is tender, rich and saucy.

The rich stew is then traditionally served over risotto or mashed potatoes, making Osso Buco the perfect winter warmer.

Beef Osso Buco will be more flavourful and taste stronger than Veal Osso Buco. Thus, with Veal Osso Buco, and its delicate and sweeter flavour, Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico, Barbera and Dolcetto, which are all lighter reds, are possible pairings. The high acidity of these lighter red wines also helps cut through the rich sauce and balances nicely with any tomatoes in the sauce.

With Beef Osso Buco, the dish will be much too flavourful and may drown out these lighter red wines. Some food and wine enthusiasts consider Amarone the ultimate wine pairing with Osso Buco, however, I find that this wine even drowns out a hearty Beef Osso Buco. While flavourful, Osso Buco is also fall-off-the-bone tender, and a syrupy Amarone full of dried fruit, bitter chocolate and cherry flavours swamps those tender flavours. Lighter styles of Amarone do exist, and those more traditional styles (which currently aren’t popular) are well worth seeking out with Osso Buco.

Challenge your taste and go for a different red.

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