Perfect pairings for the year's best wines

What to serve with the best wines of 2009? Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider has the matches

Teriyaki tri-tip

With Hahn Meritage 2007

Good Value Red of the Year (Central Coast; $16)

Perfect pairing:  Teriyaki Tri-Tip

Why it works:  This blend of all of the traditional Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is on the dark and brooding side, pushing it toward hearty cuts of meat.

A marinade heavy on soy sauce and some charring from the grill helps that pairing along too.

Over the wine’s heart of darkness, though, is a layer of lush fruit that doesn’t mind that the marinade has a touch of sweetness.


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