Updated July 19th 2023
What kind of food goes with Syrah? This wine guide will tell you everything you need to know about Syrah food pairing. You will also learn what is the difference between Syrah and Shiraz, and find the best food for the different styles.
Syrah is an excellent food wine. This rich and full-bodied dry red wine with characteristic aromas of pepper, chocolate, tobacco and blackberry pairs well with many dishes. Syrah is a great grape for grilled meat and heavy meat dishes, but there are many other good food matches for Syrah wines.
Before looking into food pairings for Syrah, let’s learn a little bit more about this popular grape variety. Syrah gives powerful full-bodied red wines. It is originally from the Rhône Valley in France, but it’s planted in many other countries. If Syrah is planted in Australia, it is called Shiraz. This is the most planted grape variety in Australia and it's slightly different from Syrah from France, the US or other countries.
Do you like to drink a powerful red wine with your food? Then this wine guide is perfect for you. Syrah is a great food wine thanks to its fruity and spicy aromas.
When pairing Syrah with food, it's important to take into consideration the following characteristics of the grape:
A bottle of Syrah is best served at a temperature of 17-19°C (63-66°F).
The best food pairing with Syrah is red meat, especially BBQ meat. Roasted lamb, hamburgers, steak, ribs, brisket, and other grilled meats will taste even better together with a glass of Syrah or Shiraz. The grape’s characteristic aromas of tobacco, black pepper and sweet fruit pair perfectly with the smokey flavours from the grill. In our BBQ wine guide, you can read more about good wines for grilled food.
Tips! Don't forget to season your meat! Syrah together with garlic and herbs like thyme, oregano and rosemary is almost always a great match.
Syrah is an excellent pairing with many types of sausages, especially grilled pork sausages with garlic or typical Provençal herbs (rosemary, oregano). For spicy sausages, choose a Shiraz.
Syrah with chicken? Yes, it is possible. Most people may find a bold red wine like Syrah a bit too heavy for chicken, but a BBQ-glazed chicken or grilled chicken with herbs could work well with a cold-climate Syrah.
The best pizza with Syrah is pepperoni pizza. A rich juicy red wine with good acidity like Syrah pairs well with this type of pizza.
Vegetarian food and red wine can be hard to pair, because veggie dishes are often light. There are many exceptions to the rule, though. A glass of Syrah is a good paring with hearty vegetarian dishes based on beans and lentils. Mushrooms and other earthy flavours also pair well with Syrah. A perfect vegetarian food pairing with Syrah is grilled vegetables, including aubergine, peppers and mushrooms.
What cheese is good with Syrah? In fact, Syrah is a wine that pairs well with many cheeses. Syrah goes well with savory cheeses like smoked gouda, aged cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Shiraz cheese pairing is similar, but thanks to the fruity and jammy profile of Shiraz, it is also pairs well with salty blue cheeses.
Tips! Syrah also pairs great with charcuterie, so why not serve it together with a cheese/charcuterie board?
Syrah is a good wine to have with appetizers and snacks. Finger foods with cheese, black olives, charcuterie, garlic and meaty flavors will be great with Syrah.
Shiraz handles desserts better than many other red wines. Thanks to the chocolate aromas in the wine, a glass of Shiraz can be surprisingly pleasant with dark chocolate desserts, as long as they are not too sweet. A classic Shiraz dessert pairing is dark chocolate cake.
Tips! Avoid dry red wines with sweet desserts, as the sugar in the food will make the wine taste bitter.
Enjoy your bottle of Syrah (or Shiraz)!