Lamb & Wine Pairing


Medium to heavy bodied reds that are fruit-forward, best pair with Lamb Shoulder or Leg of Lamb, where you have fatty cuts of meat that are full of flavour. The fruity nature of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Rioja helps mask the gamy lamb flavours that not everyone loves. Meanwhile, Medium-bodied reds like Merlot or Zinfandel are best with Lamb Chops or Lamb Loin, where the meat isn’t as fatty, and the gamey flavour of the lamb is much more subtle.

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Bordeaux Lamb Pairing



Bordeaux is a blended red wine that is meant to be incredibly food friendly for regional cuisine such as Lamb. While Bordeaux is often associated with some of the priciest bottles of red, there are many affordable options that will serve you well.

For roasted Lamb shoulder or leg, choose a Bordeaux that is Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. Lamb Shoulder is full of flavour and texture that requires the grippy tannin bite of a Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux. The fatty nature of the Lamb Shoulder also tames the tannin in the wine, allowing the ripe red flavours to shine. Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon may have a subtle mint or menthol flavour, which heightens this pairing even further.

For Lamb Chops or Lamb Loin, we’d suggest a Merlot dominant Bordeaux. Lamb chops tend to be a little milder, and a Merlot dominant Bordeaux allows you to enjoy the subtle meat flavours, where a Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux might dominate the experience.

Zinfandel & Rack of Lamb



Zinfandel offers delicious jammy sweetness that won’t overwhelm the delicate and tender flavours of a Rack of Lamb. Instead, the silky flavours of a fruity Zinfandel mingle with the gamey flavours so you finish with both the lamb and the wine with each sip and bite.

When choosing a Zinfandel with a rack of lamb, choose one that is light to medium-bodied. Here you’ll find layers of cherry, raspberry, blueberry and plum flavours, along with hints of spice and licorice that will elevate the pairing to new heights. Bolder or old vine Zinfandels, which are sometimes called ‘fruit bombs’ are perfect with roasted lamb shoulder, shanks or lamb leg.

Vacqueyras Paired with Roasted Lamb Shoulder



Vacqueyras is a Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah based red from the Rhone region of France. You’ll typically find a Vacqueyras bursting with dark fruit flavours like black cherry or blackberry. You’ll also find herbal characters such as fennel, lavender and thyme, which add a little excitement to this pairing.

Vacqueyras rich, concentrated flavours stand up to roasted Lamb Shoulder’s intense flavour with the wine’s juicy acidity and firm, powdery tannin.

Reserva Rioja & Grilled Lamb Pairing



The main grape used in a Rioja is Tempranillo, which delivers dark fruit flavours and a balance of tannin and acidity. The reserva classification, means the Rioja has been aged in oaked barrels for a year. This oak imparts toasty notes that complement the charred flavours of grilled lamb. Meanwhile the dark fruit flavours of the wine help mask the gamy flavours of lamb that not everyone appreciates.

Australian Shiraz & Lamb



As there are more sheep living in Australia than people, it only makes sense that Australian’s would develop a wine that goes spectacular with lamb. With an Australian Shiraz, you have a fruity red wine with lots of spicy notes, such as pepper. As popular Australian Shiraz is bold, it’s best with flavourful cuts of Lamb like a Shoulder cut. For grilled lamb, or a lamb gyro, choose a Shiraz that is more refined and restrained.

TypeVarietalFoodRating
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Red WineBordeaux AOC RedGrilled Lamb Chops in Bordelaise Sauce
Red WineShirazBBQ Lamb Ribs
Red WineZinfandelLamb Grilled
Red WineAloxe Corton, RedLamb, Braised
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedRoasted Lamb
R Wine BrandTignanello - Super TuscanRoasted Lamb
Red WineCabernet SauvignonRoasted Lamb
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedRoasted Leg of Lamb
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb Shanks
Red WineRioja, RedLamb Stew
Red WineCornas AOCBraised Lamb Shoulder
Red WineGrenacheLamb Stew
BeerDubbelRoasted Lamb
Red WineZinfandelLamb Curry Dishes
BeerScotch AleRoasted Lamb
Red WineVacqueyras (AOC)Lamb Shoulder with Thyme
BeerAmerican Brown AleLamb Grilled
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedLamb
BeerBritish Brown AleLamb Grilled
Red WineRioja, RedLamb
BeerAmerican Amber AleLamb Grilled
Red WineShirazLamb
Red WineTempranillo ReservaLamb Chops
Red WineSyrahLamb
BeerWeissbockLamb
Red WineZinfandelLamb
Red WineShirazRoast Lamb with Appricots
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb Chops
Red WineRhone, Red WineLamb
Red WineAnjou, RedLamb Stew
Red WineRioja, RedRoasted Lamb
BeerAmerican Pale AleLamb Rogan Josh
Red WineGigondasBraised Lamb
White WineEichberg Grand Cru - Pinot GrisLamb Curry Dishes
Red WineShirazRoasted Lamb
BeerAmerican Brown AleLamb Rogan Josh
BeerAmerican India Pale AleLamb Rogan Josh
Red WineMalbecBraised Lamb
Red WineNero d'AvolaGrilled Lamb Chops
Red WineCabernet SauvignonRoasted Leg of Lamb
BeerTrappistRoasted Lamb
Red WineRioja, RedBraised Lamb
Red WineMusigny, RedLamb
Red WineMerlotLamb Shanks
BeerAbbey BeerRoasted Lamb
Red WineShirazBraised Lamb
Red WineAloxe Corton, RedLamb
Red WineRioja, RedLamb Shanks
BeerSchwarzbierLamb Grilled
Red WineSyrahBraised Lamb
Red WineAloxe Corton, RedLamb Tajines
Red WineZinfandelLamb Shanks
BeerIrish StoutLamb Grilled
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb Burgers
Red WineChambertinLamb
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedLamb Stew
Red WineTempranilloLamb
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedLamb Chops
Red WineChambertinRoasted Lamb
White WineBordeaux AOC WhiteLamb Stew
Red WinePetit VerdotLamb Stew
Red WineSyrahLamb Chops
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb Stew
BeerKentucky CommonGrilled Lamb Chops
Red WineShirazLamb Chops
Red WineShirazLamb Stew
Red WineAnjous-VillagesRoasted Leg of Lamb
BeerWeissbockLamb Rogan Josh
Red WineMalbecGrilled Lamb Chops
Red WineSyrahLamb Stew
Red WineVacqueyras (AOC)Lamb Shoulder
Red WineCarménèreLamb with Mint
White WineGewürztraminerLamb Curry Dishes
Red WineTannatRoasted Lamb
White WineEdelzwicker - AlsaceBacon & Onion Tarte Flambée
Red WineCarménèreLamb Stew
Red WineAglianicoLamb Grilled
Red WineAjaccio, Red AOCLamb
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb
Red WineMalbecLamb Chops
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb Grilled
Red WineCoteaux du Languedoc, Red AOCLamb Stew
Red WineMalbecLamb
Red WineMerlotLamb
Red WineCariñenaLamb Gyro
Red WineRhone, Red WineLamb Grilled
Red WinePetit VerdotBarbecued Lamb
Red WinePinot NoirLamb
Red WineFitou, RedLamb Chops
Red WineMerlotRoasted Lamb
Red WineAmaroneBraised Lamb
Red WineMerlotLamb Chops
Red WinePinot NoirRoasted Lamb
Red WineBarbera DOCLamb
Red WineRioja, RedGrilled Lamb Chops
Red WineRioja, RedRoasted Leg of Lamb
Red WineBaroloLamb
Red WineMerlotLamb Curry Dishes
BeerAleLamb Stew
BeerDark AleLamb
White WineRhône, White WineLamb Curry Dishes
Red WinePatrimonio, Red AOCLamb Stew
BeerStoutLamb
Red WineShirazLamb Curry Dishes
Red WineBaco NoirLamb Kebabs
BeerPorterLamb
Red WineRioja, RedLamb Grilled
BeerAmber LagerLamb Rogan Josh
Red WineBurgundy, RedLamb
Red WineShirazLamb Grilled
BeerDortmunder ExportLamb Rogan Josh
Red WineChâteauneuf du Pape, RedLamb
Red WineSyrahLamb Grilled
BeerBiere De GardeRoasted Lamb
Red WineChianti DOCGLamb
Red WineCabernet SauvignonLamb Kebabs
Red WineFitou, RedLamb Kebabs
Red WineCôtes du Rhône, RedLamb
White WinePinot GrisLamb Kebabs
Red WineCrozes Hermitage, RedLamb
Red WineRibera del Duero, RedLamb
Red WineZinfandelLamb Kebabs
Red WineHermitage, RedBraised Lamb
Red WineCrozes Hermitage, RedLamb with Mushrooms and Herbs
Red WineShirazLamb Burgers
Red WinePauillac (AOC)Lamb with Mushrooms and Herbs
Red WineZinfandelLamb Burgers
Red WineBaroloRoasted Lamb
Red WineBeaujolaisLamb Curry Dishes
Red WineMerlotLamb Burgers
Red WineChianti Classico DOCGRoasted Lamb
Red WineAmaroneLamb
Red WineAglianicoLamb Chops
Red WineMédocRoasted Lamb
Red WineBarbaresco DOCGLamb
Red WineLambruscoBarbecued Lamb

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