Grilled Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Franc Reduction

Grilled Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Franc Reduction
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About This Recipe

I often find inspiration for my recipes in the rich culinary and viticultural history of this region. One of my latest creations, Grilled Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Franc Reduction, was born out of a desire to showcase the beautiful flavors of our local vineyards and farms. The ribeye steaks, sourced from nearby ranches, are grilled to perfection and then drizzled with a reduction made from Cabernet Franc, a wine varietal that has become quite popular in Napa.

Cabernet Franc is known for its vibrant fruit flavors and smooth tannins, making it the perfect pairing for a juicy, flavorful ribeye. To find the best Cabernet Franc for this dish, I recommend visiting a few local wineries. A couple of my personal favorites include Tres Sabores Winery and Crocker & Starr Winery. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you'll also have the opportunity to taste some outstanding wines.

For side dishes, I suggest serving the steak with some of Napa's famous farm-to-table produce. A fresh salad made with tender baby greens, cherry tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette complements the dish nicely. Alternatively, consider whipping up some creamy polenta or garlic mashed potatoes to soak up the delicious Cabernet Franc reduction. The possibilities are endless when you have access to such incredible ingredients.

For dessert, why not continue the Napa Valley theme by serving a luscious Zinfandel-poached pear with a dollop of mascarpone? Or, if you're in the mood for something a little more indulgent, a rich flourless chocolate cake paired with a local late-harvest dessert wine would be the perfect ending to your meal.

In Napa Valley, we are blessed with an abundance of amazing produce, meats, and of course, world-class wines. By incorporating these local ingredients into your home-cooked meals, you can bring a taste of wine country right to your table. Don't be afraid to experiment and discover new flavors – you might just create your next favorite dish!

To find the best ingredients for your Grilled Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Franc Reduction, visit Napa Valley's numerous farmers' markets or local specialty shops like Sunshine Foods Market and Oakville Grocery. These establishments are committed to sourcing the freshest and highest-quality products, ensuring that your home-cooked meal rivals those of the best Napa Valley restaurants.

I hope this dish becomes a staple in your home and serves as a reminder of the beauty and bounty that Napa Valley has to offer. Happy cooking, and cheers to your Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is not just another red wine varietal; it's the unsung hero of Napa Valley's vineyards. Often overshadowed by its famous offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc boasts a slightly lighter body with vibrant fruit flavors. It's characterized by its notes of raspberry, blackcurrant, violets, and graphite, often accompanied by subtle hints of bell pepper and spices. This complexity not only makes it a delightful wine to sip on but also a versatile ingredient in gourmet cooking, especially in reductions like the one featured in this recipe. When hailing from Napa Valley, you can expect the Cabernet Franc to exude a rich depth, with smooth tannins that beautifully complement the juicy allure of a perfectly grilled ribeye steak.

How to Perfectly Reduce Wine for Sauces

  1. Choose Quality Wine: Always start with a wine you'd enjoy drinking. Its flavors become concentrated upon reduction, making the choice of wine crucial.
  2. Sauté Aromatics First: Starting with shallots or garlic can enhance the depth of flavor. They should be soft but not browned.
  3. Pour and Simmer: Add the wine gradually and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  4. Reduce by Half: Allow the wine to simmer until its volume reduces by 50%. This concentrates the wine's flavors, making for a rich and flavorful sauce.
  5. Final Touches: Once reduced, you can add other ingredients like broth, herbs, and seasonings. Always finish with butter to give your sauce a silky texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I substitute another wine for Cabernet Franc? While Cabernet Franc offers a unique flavor profile, if you're in a pinch, other red wines like Merlot or Carmenere can be used. The key is to select a wine with rich flavors that can complement the beefiness of the ribeye.
  2. How long can I store the Cabernet Franc reduction? Store any leftover reduction in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Gently reheat before using.
  3. Are there any allergens in this recipe? This recipe contains potential allergens like dairy (butter) and wine. Always check wine labels as some may contain sulfites.
  4. Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh? Fresh herbs provide a brighter flavor, but if you're using dried, reduce the quantity by a third as dried herbs are more concentrated.
  5. Which grill is best for ribeye steaks? Both charcoal and gas grills work well. The key is to ensure even heat distribution and a proper sear to lock in the steak's juices.

Tips for Success

  1. Steak Preparation: Allow your ribeye steaks to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before grilling. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Rest Before Serving: After grilling, let the steaks rest for at least 5 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful steak.
  3. Wine Pairing: Serve the dish with a glass of the same Cabernet Franc used in the reduction. This creates a harmonious flavor pairing, elevating the entire dining experience.

Embrace the flavors of Napa Valley with this Grilled Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Franc Reduction. The combination of locally-sourced steaks and the rich, fruity depth of the wine reduction captures the essence of the region, offering a gourmet dining experience right in your home.

Recipe Overview

Grilled Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Franc Reduction
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


  • 4 ribeye steaks (10-12 ounces each, about 1-inch thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely minced
  • 1 cup Cabernet Franc wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Season ribeye steaks generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add minced shallots. Cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour Cabernet Franc wine into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until the wine is reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add beef broth to the saucepan and continue to cook, allowing the mixture to reduce by half again, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat, and whisk in unsalted butter, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary. Season the reduction sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Grill ribeye steaks for 4-5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is achieved. Let steaks rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve steaks with a generous drizzle of Cabernet Franc reduction.

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