Discovering Heritage Beef

From the Nov 30, 2013, issue

According to the most recent figure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consumed 25 billion pounds of beef in 2011. That may sound like a lot, but it's actually a slight decrease from previous years. One growth area, however, lies in heritage breeds of cattle, such as Charolais, Highland and Piedmontese. They offer a variety of beef flavors, and usually come from small farms where humane treatment is the norm. There's a health bonus to heritage beef, too: Meat from these breeds is leaner because of the animals' all-grass diets. Wine Spectator's Sam Gugino explains.

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