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Wine with Prime Rib

Prime Rib is a single serving cut from a Standing Rib Roast. It is a very flavorful and delicious cut of beef that is extemely tender when prepared properly. A Standing Rib Roast is found between the Short Loin and the Chuck and still has the rib bones attached. When ordering Prime Rib in a restaurant, you should request an end piece if you want it to be less rare; or, you should request a center piece for less well done.

In many cases, Prime Rib is actually a popular but incorrect name for this cut of Beef. Only in the best restaurants are you likely to find beef that is actually graded 'Prime'. In supermarkets and most meat markets, the best grade of beef you are likely to find is 'Choice'.

Because of the great flavor of Prime Rib and the fat that is in and around much of the meat, it is an ideal food to go with Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Bordeaux or Merlot. Other wines such as Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy, Zinfandel or Syrah/Shiraz will work but the bigger wines previously mentioned will be better.

You should avoid getting a very good (read as 'expensive') Cabernet, Bordeaux or Merlot that is young and very tannic. While a young tannic wine will work, you'll enjoy a wine with more age in which the tannins have subsided somewhat.