As fall is setting in on many parts of the country, temperatures outside are falling and more people are thinking about those comfort foods for this time of year. One popular comfort food for many is the classic beef stew loaded up with plenty of tender beef with lots of vegetables.
For the most part many chefs use the same basic ingredients such as carrots and potatoes but the base will vary from person to person. It seems most recipes call for a stout beer or some just use a beef broth but there is another option out there that will add an amazing taste to the stew; a full-bodied red wine. Red wine pairs beautifully with beef and makes for an excellent base for beef stew that many cooks do not stop to think about since they are so focused instead on using beer.
By using some red wine from your crystal decanter in the stew you can add flavor that is just too good to be described. Plus this makes paring your wine to serve with your stew that much easier since the same kind that went into the stew will be the ideal compliment to serve with the meal whether it is just you by the fire or a group of friends enjoying this classic fall comfort food.