Father's Day Steak and Wine
Father’s Day Favorites: Steak, Sauces, Toppings Bar, and 5 Perfect Wine Pairings

It’s always a struggle to think of something new and exciting to get your mom for Mother’s Day and your dad for Father’s Day every single year. We’re big fans of gifting an EXPERIENCE for those special life moments when you can’t figure out the perfect present.

For mom, it was hosting a “Rosé All Day” Party.

For dad, how about a steak and wine pairing experience at home? With the fun addition of a steak topping bar!
First off, how to cook the perfect steak.  If you’ve got a grill, that’s the best way to make a delicious steak every time, hands down.

If you don’t have a grill, here is your foolproof way to make steak using only a cast iron pan, your stove, and your oven. Yes, all three! That’s how the pros do it.

  1. Heat the cast iron pan until piping hot.
  2. Add a swirl of oil (or butter).
  3. Sear the steak for 2-3 minutes on each side
  4. Pop the cast iron in the broiler for 2-3 more minutes, depending on your desired level of doneness.

How to make it extra special? A steak toppings bar will do the trick!

Start off with two decadent sauces to make dad feel like you brought the steakhouse to him.

Round out your toppings bar with crispy onions (canned is fine), finely chopped chives, and sauteed mushrooms.
Side dishes can be simple: baked potatoes (with a toppings bar as well), steamed asparagus, and a Caesar salad should do the trick.


While you’re cooking, open up your big “steak-friendly” red wines to give them time to breathe.  If you have a decanter, decant your red wines for an hour ahead of time.

Nest, grab a bag of Tipsy Mix “Bold Full-Bodied Red Wines” to nosh on as you taste the wines and prepare dinner. The dark fruit, cinnamon spice, and dark chocolate notes in the mix mimic some of the aromas and flavors in the wines.

Tipsy Mix Wine Paired Trail Mix for Bold Full Bodied Red Wines

A classic pairing with red meat, specifically with steak, is Cabernet Sauvignon.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red grape on the planet. And what makes it a good pairing with steak are the tannins. Tannins are a naturally occurring chemical compound found on the skins of grapes. And since only red wines (not whites) are fermented with the skins, only red wines given tannin influence. Tannins give a bitter, drying, astringent sensation in the mouth.

Another place you can find tannins is in dried tea leaves, specifically black tea. When you accidentally oversteep your cup of tea, you REALLY feel the tannins.  The reason why tannins and steak go together is because of the fat content of the steak. The fat interacts beautifully with the dry tannins to replenish the moisture in your mouth.

Here are a few Cabs to pair with your dad’s favorite steak, plus a couple of other options for those wanting to try something new.

Domaine Bousquet Reserve Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2021Domaine Bousquet Reserve Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (Mendoza, Argentina) (Mendoza, Argentina) $18

One thing about Cabernet Sauvignon is that it tends to be made in some of the most prestigious wine regions in the world and commands a relatively high price. This one comes in at a wallet-friendly $18 price point. Hailing from the Mendoza region of Argentina, known for Malbec, this Cabernet has a nice, full body and juicy fruit notes but is still relatively light on its feet.

Jordan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2020Jordan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (Alexander Valley, CA) $60

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon from well-respected Jordan Winery. This wine is powerful and seductive, with a dark black fruit character, a strong tannin structure, and a long, meaty finish. No dad would turn away a glass of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.

McGrail Vineyards Reserve Cabernet SauvignonMcGrail Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley, CA) 2020 (Livermore Valley, CA) 2020 $49

From the unsung region of Livermore, the closest wine region outside of San Francisco, comes this respectable Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. McGrail Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. This Reserve Cab Sauv benefits from three years in oak barrels to allow the wine to develop toasted oak and vanilla bean notes.

Terra Noble Carménère Costa CA2 2020 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) $36

Chile is perhaps one of the best countries to turn to for great-value wines. Carménère is a red grape from southwest France that tends to give wines a green, herbaceous character. If you want a nice red wine with your steak but perhaps something a touch lighter and easier to drink than a Cab Sauv, Carménère just might be the ticket.

Theopolis Vineyards Estate Petite Sirah 2021 (Yorkville Highlands, CA)Theopolis Vineyards Estate Petite Sirah 2021 (Yorkville Highlands, CA) $42

I’ll raise your Cabernet Sauvignon with a Petite Sirah. If you love Cabernet and want to go even deeper and darker, Petite Sirah is the way to go. The grape has very thick skins, meaning the wines have a strong tannin structure. The wines appear dark and inky in the glass, almost jet black in color. Begging to be paired with food, especially a steak, this Petit Sirah is for those in the “more is more” camp. Theopolis Vineyards is a Black and woman-owned brand started by Bay Area lawyer Theopatra Lee.

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