In our latest video, Mike explores the original American meat, bison (which is often, confusingly, referred to as buffalo.) Once the dominant bovine on the American plain -- with an estimated population of 60 million in its heyday -- bison were killed off, mostly for sport, by colonists throughout the 1800s. By 1900 they were virtually extinct.
Today, thankfully, they're making a comeback, and offer a sustainable and healthy alternative to beef. Bison meat is incredibly lean -- even more so than chicken breast -- so, in contrast to beef, it requires a lighter wine to match. Mike chose Grignolino, from Asti in Piedmont, which offers bright, fresh red fruit alongside just enough sneaky tannin to match those smoky grilled flavors.