(aka. Elbing, Monbaden)

How low this once mighty grape has fallen! There was a time when Burger produced more wine in California than any other single variety. In fact, Burger produced more wine in the Golden State than all other white varieties combined. However, Burger has plunged from its perch as the most planted vinifera variety in the pre-varietal revolution days. Today, it's a non-contender. Originally, Burger’s capability to produce generous yields and its tolerance for hot and dry conditions gave it a niche in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Its Central Valley plantings still play an important role in the jug wine and cooler market. Recent DNA investigations at UC Davis have revealed Burger to be the offspring of the Cognac grapes Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanc. This shouldn’t be such a shock, considering its geographic origins in the Charentes department of France.

Mrs. Burger, you were a dutiful Central Valley mom
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  • In the movie Annie Hall, when Alvie and Annie end up at Annies apartment and have some wine, what kind of white wine were they drinking where the wine had a screwcap? Read More

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  • My wife and I are hosting a German dinner in about a month.  She has the easy part, coming up with the menu and delivering on her fine cooking.  Wienerschnitzel and Spatzle are the main course, with probable sides of grean beans and such.  My part is to come up with matching beverages.  The beer is easy.  I'll find something good in a small keg ... Read More

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  • Castoro Cellars Zinfandel Paso Robles 2005


    Nose of big jammy dark fruit. Pronounced oak with touches of leather, cocoa ... Nice with tonights guacamole burge Read More

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  • So, I'm new here in the Snooth office and put together my first "Weekly Wine News Roundup" this week (it will get better over time - especially with the help of the community).I've taken @dmcker's advice and started a topic about fast food wine pairings (Zagat had an interesting article about this topic that I featured in the Roundup). Anyone h... Read More

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  • Okay, so I admit it:  I like to buy things for less than I think they are worth.  And what a great time for that in wine.  Wineries are unloading library wines and cutting prices, but there are even better deals to be had.  Wineries bottle up excess wine and sell it without a label to a broker who can't say exactly what it is, but can use the AV... Read More

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  • Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon Premier 5 Wine Non Mix Usa


    Wow. I didn't expect much, but this inexpensive (about $5 in Virginia) bottle ... ... but it works well with a burger or other simple meal Read More

    Wine review by kboof

  • For several years now, I've been tipping 10% on bottles of wine and 20+% on food (depending on service).  I feel no more effort is exerted by the servers if I'm drinking a $200 bottle of wine than they would for a $30 bottle. So, why should they, by simple math, profit from one of the highest price point items in the restaurant?  Seems going to ... Read More

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  • The wife & I are making our first trip to Napa for a two day excursion.  We have been doing a lot of research, including reading up on the previous forum posts, thanks Honda John for your informative essay!  We're a little worried about going during the summer, and on a weekend, but it was the only time it worked for us, especially since we live... Read More

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  • Fess Parker "Frontier Red" Lot 92 Red Blend


    Sometimes you just want a table wine, nothing too fancy, goes with a burger, or pasta with hearty sauce, you get the idea. For years, my wife and I favored Big House Red, but no more. This blend of mostly Rhone varietals, plus Petite Sirah, fits the bill and can be found for under $10 all kinds of places. Big without being ridiculous, more ca... Read More

    Wine review by Foxall

  • Kalbarri Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


    The label describes this Cab as having "deep red color and rounded flavors of ... ... a T-Bone or a fat, juicy burger. Overall, I would just buy it as a last resor Read More

    Wine review by hdwhatley

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