Creamy, Beefy, and Yummy
Very few dishes beat a classic such as pot roast when it comes to Sunday dinner. Juicy, tender, and flavorful, slow-cooked pot roast in a smooth, delicious gravy with vegetables and potatoes is something else. Do not let it intimidate you. Pot roast is a complete meal you can prepare without much effort. You can cook it in a slow cooker, in the oven, or in an instant pot.
Pot Roast, What Is It?
Pot roast is an inexpensive but thick beef cut ideal for slow cooking or searing, cooked along with dried herbs, carrots, and potatoes in a palatable broth until the meat becomes so tender it falls apart. Frankly, there is no best beef cut for pot roast. Chuck beef roast, briskets, or round roast are perfect. Season the beef and sear it before adding it to the slow cooker or instant pot with the broth. Balsamic vinegar is also a good condiment to add to the beef broth and helps to tenderize the meat.
What Vegetables to Use?
You are free to use any you like, including potatoes, onions, and carrots. Yukon gold or sweet potatoes give a sweet and buttery texture to the pot roast, too. Yellow or white onions (or shallots) are fantastic as they have a unique flavor. Peeled or unpeeled carrots, when cut into thick chunks, offer vibrancy and sweetness to the roast.
What Wines Pair Well With Pot Roast?
If you are unsure about what wine to serve with pot roast, worry not, as we have the solution. Balanced, structured, and weighty wines with firm, velvety tannins and suggestions of smoky oak are perfect for pot roast wine pairing. So, when cooking a beef roast, consider serving your meal with Bordeaux, Rioja, dynamic Merlot, and peppery Shiraz, among others. A quick rundown of the 3 main wine types you need to uncork on your pot roast Sunday dinner.
By far, a medium-to-full-bodied, bold Cabernet Sauvignon with ample tannin could be the best red wine with pot roast. Cabernets are fruity with herbaceous notes, which enhance the flavor of the beef. In addition, their tannins blend with the tannin texture of the meat, creating an irresistible food and wine combo.
The spiciness in Tempranillo-based Riojas is the best pot roast wine match. On top of this, the subtle depth of herbs and dark fruit flavors confer a pleasing sensation to the taste buds when joined by the beef meat.
Last but not least, an Australia Shiraz packed with pronounced suggestions of pepper pairs well with pot roast, too. It has everything a beef-based roast needs from a wine: Weight, firm tannins, and oaky smokiness. The high acidity is also found in Shiraz wines, and their balanced tannins are ideal for pairing with fat meat cuts.
Best Red Wines With Pot Roast
Château Réaut Côtes de Bordeaux
- Winery — Château Réaut
- Country/Region — France, Bordeaux, Côtes de Bordeaux
- Type — Bordeaux Red
- Aroma — Plum, Blackberry, Cherry, Pepper, Orange Blossom, Smoke
- Grapes — Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
- Taste — Raspberry, Cassis, Blueberries, Barnyard, Anise, Eucalyptus
- Alcohol Content — 14%
- Sugar — Dry
- Pairing — Pot Roast, Lamb Rack, Veal Stew, Filet Mignon, Charcuterie, Hare, Aged Parmesan, Brie
Château Réaut Côtes de Bordeaux is a rich, almost luscious red wine with excellent aging potential. Ripe with dark fruit aromas and flavors and thick but fine-grained tannins, the wine is elegant with undeniable potential.
As soon as the wine is uncorked, waves of aromas of plums, blackberries, cherries, and pepper surface on the nose, next to hints of orange blossom and smoke. On the palate, the texture is smooth with flavors of raspberries, cassis, blueberries, and barnyard. At the same time, subtle touches of anise and eucalyptus combine as they drive into the long, prune-driven finish. The tannins are well-integrated and smooth, contributing a fine sense of depth.
Affordable Yet High-Quality Bordeaux Wine
Château Réaut was an underperforming estate in Côtes de Bordeaux. However, in 2003 when a renowned Champagne house purchased it to produce exceptional Bordeaux. In 2009, the first vintage was produced. Since then, Château Réaut crafts are affordable but qualitative Bordeaux wine for both local and international wine enthusiasts. They might not own a Cru appellation, but they do cooperate with managers of some of Bordeaux’s most well-known Grand Crus.
La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Reserva
- Winery — La Rioja Alta
- Country/Region — Spain, Rioja
- Type — Spanish Rioja
- Aroma — Cherry, Raspberry, Plum, Honeysuckle, Violet, Charred Wood, Cinnamon Spice, Paprika, Tobacco
- Grapes — Tempranillo
- Taste — Blackberry, Prune, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cedar, Cassis
- Alcohol Content — 12.6%
- Sugar — Dry
- Pairing — Pot Roast, Jambalaya, Fried Chicken, Roast Pork, Pigeon, Venison, Chorizo, Iberian Jamon, Manchego
Delicate scents of red fruits, such as raspberries and strawberries, emerge as soon as the wine reaches the nose. These are closely followed by fragrances of plums, charred wood, and baking spices offering complexity. The wine is medium-bodied with a fine core of ripe dark berries and cassis. Smooth tannins and subtle touches of cedar, tobacco, and citruses are found on the finish.
With its vibrant ruby color, La Rioja Alta begins the tasting journey by drawing in your eye. Then you are treated to the spice-accented aromas of cherries, plums, strawberries, and raspberries. After a while, the second layer of aromas emerges. This time, in the form of dried flowers, cinnamon spice, and charred wood. Notes of paprika and tobacco are present on the nose, too, adding complexity.
In the mouth, blackberries combine with grapefruit and lemons to bring a citrusy zing. At the same time, bitter cherry flavors show dynamism and great energy. The finish is lengthy and focused, while the tannins are fine-grained. Lingering undertones of cedar and cassis conclude the tasting profile.
High-End Rioja Production
La Rioja Alta produces wines of high quality that adapt and evolve into new and exciting tastes. Since 1890 when the winery was established, La Rioja Alta has pursued (and achieved) excellence. The winery is inspired both by Spanish winemaking tradition as well as modern technologies, with the vintners producing some of the best Riojas in Spain.
Piattelli Trinita Grand Reserve
- Winery — Piattelli
- Country/Region — Argentina, Mendoza
- Type — Argentinian Bordeaux Blend
- Aroma — Raspberry, Cherry, Orange Blossom, Coffee, Cocoa, Pepper
- Grapes — Malbec (72%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%) and Merlot (6%)
- Taste — Plum, Blackberry, Prune, Fig, Sweet Tobacco, Raisin, Lavender
- Alcohol Content — 14%
- Sugar — Dry
- Pairing — Pot Roast, Filet Mignon, Tomahawk Steak, Lamb Chops, Ahi Tuna, Carbonara, Gorgonzola
Vibrant aromas of raspberries, chocolate, and coffee dance on the nose, as dark fruit flavors produce a balanced but palatable mouthfeel. The finish is long and fulfilling. Scents of raspberries, cherries, and orange blossom combine with coffee, cocoa, and pepper notes, forming the bouquet. Medium-bodied, on the palate, flavors of ripe plums, blackberries, prunes, and figs find and join suggestions of sweet tobacco, raisins, and lavenders. Smooth tannins are framed by a core of earthy sensations and lead into a lengthy, creamy aftertaste.
Producing Fine, Delicious Wine
Piattelli Vineyards produce fine wines with culture and passion. They have a team of specialists defined by a commitment to the beauty of winemaking. On top of this, the people of Piattelli respect traditional winemaking but, at the same time, appreciate contemporary flavors and techniques. Piattelli Vineyards invites consumers to share in the dimensions of their identity and enjoy drinking beautiful and high-quality wine.
The Fableist Merlot (395)
- Winery — The Fableist
- Country/Region — United States, California, Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles
- Type — Californian Merlot
- Aroma — Blueberry, Plum, Cocoa, Coffee, Stone, Tea, Sage
- Grapes — Merlot
- Taste — Cherry, Raspberry, Prune, Cedar, Nut, Smoke, Cinnamon Spice, Orange Peel
- Alcohol Content — 14.1%
- Sugar — Dry
- Pairing — Pot Roast, Roast Duck, Venison, Oven-baked Chicken, Beef Bourguignon, Chocolate Mousse, Affogato
Whiffs of blueberries, stones, and dried herbs emerge as the wine is uncorked. The texture is silky, and as it slides across the palate, it showcases hints of cedar and baking spices. Bright aromas of blueberries, plums, cocoa, and stones, join scents of tea and sage for a welcoming nose. In the mouth, this Merlot exhibits vibrant flavors of cherries, raspberries, and prunes, as well as traces of cedar, nuts, smoke, and cinnamon spice. The acidity is bright and refreshing, while the tannins are velvety. The back-palate is loaded with notes of earth and violets. A dash of orange peel concludes the tasting profile.
Collaborating to Produce High-Class Wine
The Fableist winery is a collaboration between winemakers Curt Schalchlin and Andrew Jones. Curt Schalchlin is the owner and head vintner at Sans Liege, renowned for producing world-class Rhône varietals. Andrew Jones is a passionate winemaker at Field Recordings spending his days planting vineyards and making wine. Fableist gives attention to the craft and aims to create a story behind each wine.
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
- Winery — Penfolds
- Country/Region — Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
- Type — Australian Shiraz
- Aroma — Cherry, Raspberry, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Earthy Notes
- Grapes — Shiraz
- Taste — Blackberries, Cherries, Licorice, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla
- Alcohol Content — 14.5%
- Sugar — Dry
- Pairing — Pot Roast, Lamb Shoulder, Nutty Cheeses, Italian Tomato Based Dishes
A powerful Shiraz vintage with a bold nose of eclectic dark fruit aromas, spices, and almonds. A medium-bodied palate with dynamic flavors that run a full spectrum, from fresh strawberries and juicy blackberries to dried cherries, prunes, and candied ginger.
With luscious scents of blueberries, blackberries, and plums, accented with cinnamon and vanilla spice and a hint of almond, Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz opens with a welcoming but bold bouquet. Super concentrated, with chewy, thick tannins offering an irresistible core of tastes from strawberries, raspberries, dried cherries, and prunes, the mouthfeel is jammy and rich. Tomato leaf, candied ginger, and sweet tobacco linger on the creamy finish as plush sensations meet the refreshing acidity.
Australian Masterful Winemaking
Since 1844, Penfolds has produced wines of phenomenal quality, leading the Australian fine wine industry. That said, the actual change in the Australian fine wine landscape came in 1951, with the introduction of Penfolds Grange. Chief Winemaker at Penfolds is Peter Gago and strives to bring Penfolds to the central wine scene.
For the great red wine with pot roast pick one of the above and give in to the tender, mouthwatering beef flavors. Go ahead and invite your best friends over for a hearty meal as you serve them a complex and bold red!