TGI-almost the weekend, right?! So, in preparation for July 4th, I’ve been heavily researching the *perfect* burger. A little creamy, a little salty, a little cheesy, a little charred and a ton of juicy, meat-y flavor. Problem is, when you’re on a low-carb diet, a huge portion of the joy that is a burger is gone. So I started looking for burgers that were sauce-focused, toppings heavy and irresistible. I found them, I’m sharing them and they’re below. But the wines that will accompany these bites are equally as mouthwatering and so they must be eaten together, this Friday night, to kick off your weekend properly.
Bacon BBQ burger has three delightful pairing options; a classic red, an unexpected red and a yummy white.
For the classic red, try Ca’ Momi Zinfandel ($15). It’s teeming with wild blackberry, plush blueberry and earth aromas on the nose. It will dance with the tangy sweetness of the BBQ sauce because of its display of ripe boysenberry, dried plum and blackberry notes. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the powerful Sicilian Caruso & Minini Nero d’Avola ($18), with its dark fruit intensity, ripe cherries and crème de cassis. This wine offers a lip-smacking sweetness with great acidity. If you’re really more of a white drinker, check out a luscious Chardonnay like Arrowwood. From the Russian River Valley, it’s a lovely straw-colored Chardonnay with honey, citrus, and vanilla notes, over fruited aromas of apple and citrus ($19).
Buffalo bleu burger paired with Zinfandel or Pinot Noir
Our Block 068 Old Vine Zin is filled with ripe fruit and soft tannins that will provide the balanced pucker needed to elevate an already blissful creation. With wonderful flavors of strawberry, coffee, and chocolate, it’ll provide the sweet richness that is less emphasized in this spicier, saltier ‘wich.
If you’re looking to echo the spice of the burger and blow your taste buds away, Hart & McGarry Pinot Noir is the best choice. It’s soft and elegant with aromas of red cherry and cinnamon, weaving flavors of raspberry, black cherry and spice along the mid-palate. It’s just a wonderful summer sipper, even without the burger!
Teriyaki Hawaiian burger paired with Viognier or Gewürztraminer
This is the absolute must-try, especially for summer. The zest of the teriyaki combined with the sour from the pineapple was designed just for a Viognier like Bergevin Lane Love Struck ($23). The first flavor on the palate is peach, which then gives way to succulent lychee. A wave of apricot washes over the palate finishing with a refreshing finish. Or for a slighty sweeter, slighty richer option, go for Zinck Gewurztraminer Prestige ($16). All Zinck wines are made from organically grown grapes, and this sip shows a medium body light sweetness and explosive aromas and flavors of rose petals, pink grapefruit and honeyed notes, all balanced by nice acidity; perfect to pair with spicy Asian cuisine and exotic fruits, for future reference.