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6 Classic Lamb Wine Pairing Ideas

Find a great wine pairing with lamb chops and more, with these elegant ideas.

By: Kristin Anderson, Editor, TheWineBuyingGuide.com
Updated August 07, 2017
Classic Lamb Wine Pairings
Classic Lamb Wine Pairings
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Lamb is a great dinner choice for special evenings and holidays. With its delicate flavor and texture, it’s a great alternative to robust beef or pork. Braised lamb shank or roasted rack of lamb can be a showstopper dish for any holiday table. Or, perhaps you enjoy lamb on a regular basis. It is comforting and easy to cook in dishes like kibbeh, lamb kebobs, Haleem, or grilled lamb chops with rosemary.

No matter how you decide to enjoy lamb, you will want a delicious wine to pair with it. We have some great suggestions for wine pairings with lamb that will highlight its unique flavors.

Lamb is a delicate meat, and so it usually pairs well with a lighter red wine. Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, and young Rioja are all great choices.

However, different lamb dishes can call for different wines. Cuts of lamb with more fat can handle a red wine with more tannins. Lamb also readily absorbs the spices and sauces that it’s cooked in. So, spicy sauces call for a fruity wine like Zinfandel or even a refreshing Rosé wine.

Here are some great ideas for food and lamb wine pairings for every palate. Whether you prefer bold flavors or classic dishes, we have great ideas for your next lamb dinner.

Pair Lamb Shank with Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the best lamb wine pairings, and it is great with this classic dish. The light-bodied wine won’t overwhelm the lamb, and Pinot’s berry and woodland notes are the perfect flavor complement.

ROAR Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Best Wine with Lamb Chops: Malbec

Smoky Malbec is a delicious wine pairing with lamb chops on the grill. The charred grill flavors are perfect with the fruity and spicy wine, and the soft tannins match with lean lamb.

Luigi Bosca Malbec 2013

Pair Greek-style Grilled Lamb with Agiorgitiko

When in doubt, match the origin of your food to the origin of your wine. This fruity and spicy Greek red is a great match for Greek-style grilled lamb. Crisp Greek white wine would also be delicious.

Skouras Saint George Nemea 2013

Pair Kibbeh with Dry Rosé

This spicy, fried Middle Eastern dish can use some freshness from Rosé wine. Pick something dry and fruity, like this South African Rosé for an incredibile lamb wine pairing.

Boschendal “The Rose Garden” Rose 2015

Pair Lamb Kebobs with Shiraz

Flavorful lamb kebobs are delicious with a bold, fruity red like this Australian Shiraz. The lush fruit flavors of the wine are perfect with the rich flavors of the kebabs.

Thorn-Clarke Ron Thorn Shiraz 2012

Pair Lamb Curry with Viognier

Curry can be a tricky match, but this crisp and flavorful Viognier is a great choice. This is a particularly great food wine, and its crisp flavors will balance the spice of lamb curry. This wine also pairs well with lamb tagine.

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2014

Pair Rack of Lamb with Rhône Red Blend

Rack of lamb pairs well with many different red wines, but it is especially well matched with expressive, full-bodied red wines like the Rhône Red Blend. On its own, Syrah would also make a good pairing for rack of lamb.

Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Costieres de Nimes Rouge

What are your favorite lamb wine pairings? Leave a comment and let us know!

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