Your wine pairing guide

Make the most of your favorite dishes with the perfect wine companions

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tri-tip wine pairing
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Herb-rubbed Santa Maria-style tri-tip

Pair with: Syrah. A meaty wine for the chewy beef, with herb and pepper echoes for the rub.

Our pick: Lockwood 2007 Syrah (Monterey; $14). Plums and red berries offset by earthy white pepper, leather, and tobacco.

Related recipe: Santa Maria Barbecue

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