It is finally spring and the weather is getting warmer. This only means one thing…time to light up the grill and throw on the burgers! While a lot of people tend to pair burgers with Cabernet, I want to give a few other options for your BBQ. Keep in mind, the toppings you put on your burger also play a big part in which wine will pair the best. Here are some awesome burger, topping, and wine pairings that I think you will enjoy!
Burgers and Syrah
A cool-climate Syrah is one of my go-to pairings for a simply dressed burger or a burger with sautéed mushrooms and onions. The wine really elevates the meaty flavors and even works well if your burger is made from something other than beef (think lamb or pork). Try Red Car Sonoma Coast Syrah. Notes of earth, spice, smoke, dark fruit, and tobacco make it a great pairing!
Burgers and Champagne
I love pairing burgers with Champagne. The acid and fresh flavors in the wine really enliven the palate when paired with a rich, fatty burger. This pairing is especially nice when your burger is topped with cheese or a runny egg. I like J. Lassalle “Cachet d’Or” 1er Cru Brut Champagne. It is rich yet bright so it stands up to the burger while elevating the flavors with its acidity.
Burgers and Malbec
Another burger and wine pairing I have recently fallen in love with is Malbec from Cahors. I definitely suggest exploring what Cahors has to offer because the Malbec tends to have a bit more acidity than those found in Argentina. It works really well with pungent cheese along with most other savory toppings. Try Clos La Coutale Cahors. Rustic, rich, and spicy…a match made in heaven!