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Jeff James
Malbec and Dry-Brined New York Strips
June 19, 2020

Father’s Day is a perfect time to fire up the grill and celebrate with some rich and delicious beef. The long days and warm temperatures at this time of year lend themselves to robust meals cooked outdoors and enjoyed at a leisurely pace. When you add the right wine to the equation, you just might never want summertime to end.

New York Strip Steaks are a very tender and flavorful cut of beef, and if you want to celebrate a particular Dad, whether current, future, or dearly-missed, consider upgrading to USDA Prime graded steaks. While you’re in the mood to upgrade, try picking up a bottle or two of top shelf Malbec to enhance the meal.

Malbec is a red wine grape which is often associated with some of the great red wines from the Bordeaux region in France. While Malbec is most often blended with other types of grapes in France, it has really proven itself as a single-grape varietal with particular acclaim being earned by Malbecs grown and produced in the mountainous terrain of Argentina. Indeed, Malbec has developed into the cornerstone grape in the significant Argentinian wine industry. It can also be found elsewhere in Europe and South America, as well as in Australia and California, with some wonderful examples being produced right here in Sonoma County. When vinified on its own, Malbec offers nice complexity and heft and can be an excellent accompaniment to a wide variety of foods.

Malbec typically displays a deep red color which hints at its moderately deep texture and tannins. The wine’s tannins and acidity are perfectly suited to cutting through the unctuousness of the marbling in the New York Strips, particularly if you’ve gone with the Prime beef, and the richness of the brown butter and balsamic on the onions. The red and purple fruit flavors found in Malbec meld very nicely with the warm depth and sweetness of the onions. The leather, tobacco, coffee and pepper aromas of the wine perfectly match the smoky and charred flavors of the properly grilled steaks.

Whether or not you can dine with the Dad you want to celebrate this weekend, pick up a nice bottle or two of Sonoma County Malbec, (heck, buy three or four if you can – our local wineries really need your support now) and raise a glass to great Fathers everywhere. Cheers!


Jeff James is the founder and co-owner, with his wife Judy, of Stony Point Vineyard and James Family Cellars. Their Cotati vineyard and winery have consistently produced award-winning wines. Jeff can be reached at or 707-548-2294. Visit their website at