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Wines with Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon is a boneless steak cut from a beef tenderloin. This cut of beef is one of the most tender, is lightly flavored and has little or no waste. Filet Mignon can be prepared in a variety of methods with sauteeing and grilling as the most common. Because Filet Mignon has such a mild flavor, it is often served with sauces. If the sauce has a stronger taste than the filet mignon, it becomes necessary to consider the sauce when matching wines.

To match wines with Filet Mignon, look toward the dry, red wines. The top matches are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (including most Red Bordeaux), Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz and Sangiovese. There are plenty of other 'smaller' varieties and regional wines that can also work with Filet Mignon. White wine drinkers should look toward Pinot Noir but chose a rich Chardonnay if you must drink white.

If you prefer sweeter wines, try a White Zinfandel or similar blush wine. You may be pleasantly surprised how well this pairing works. Just stay away from too much pepper on the Filet.