Burger

(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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  • Shinas Estates Cabernet Sauvignon the Verdict 2006

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    Mother Mildura! This is a lovely expression of what happens when Cabernet meets ... chewy it down with a Wagyu Burger. It's big, not flabby (thank you Shinas) w/ some life on the back that makes you almost wonder if you'll ever order a California Cab again. If you can find it, buy it, drink it, and send Shinas Estate a love letter Read More

    Wine review by Vinous Vicious


  • La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2009

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    Points are for losers. We're just tired of seeing too many wines with 90+ ... ... just be the ultimate pizza-burger wine too! We were thrilled with this wine and thought that it ought to retail for much more than the $15-$16 we've seen in the stores. The 2009 La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria is ready to drink now and is absolutely delicious! Thi... Read More

    Wine review by VinoDuo


  • Another interesting recent read, from a column by Laurie Daniel in the San Jose Mercury News.Reporting on some interesting market research, speculation on why tannins are so rounded and acid so lacking in reds these days, as well as an observation that America must finally be developing a wine culture of its own, "And that's a good thing."Any op... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Don't bother with food...


  • Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Columbia Valley 2009

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    Dry, though not lacking fruit overall. The nose is generous with ripe black ... ... with grilled steak or burge Read More

    Wine review by Creole Williams


  • Don Sebastiani & Sons Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley B Side 2007

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    Love this wine! Shared with 4 people all having different meat dishes and it ... with everything from a kobe burger to homemade pasta with a pork ragu! Huge fa Read More

    Wine review by sydneyb


  • Aquinas Pinot Noir United States California Napa County Napa Valley 2008

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    First of all, the winemakers notes are absolutely awesome! Sassafras, ... Much ... ... Much like a grilled lamb burger with dry jack cheese, grilled veg pasta mingled nicely with das Crushe Read More

    Wine review by StupidHaole


  • Until recently the only "wine" that I've enjoyed was Arbor Mist blackberry Merlot.  Well a few weeks ago a fellow co-worker suggested to try a Moscato.  She personally tried the Barefoot brand, so I followed her suggestion and LOVED it.  Since then I've tried Easley's Raggae Red, which I also loved, and Barefoot Riesling, Barefoot White Zinfande... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New to wine and looking for...


  • Corvidae Rook 2008

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    Smooth with wine. Great blend that is smooth with a good finish. Easy to drink ... just fine with a good juicy burge Read More

    Wine review by winehound69


  • The Great Oregon Wine Co. 'Rascal' Pinot Noir 2009

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    Tried this wine while in the field, chasing game, in Washington State. Perhaps ... cheddar cheese and an elk burger. As Pinot Noir goes, it neither impresses or depresses-- it just is- a decent wine for a ten dollar bil Read More

    Wine review by CageyT


  • The above article by Gregory Dal Paiz should have noted that these wines are so recognizable because of advertising, not the quality of the wines nor the design of their labels. They are all ordinary wines that are very over-priced - half of what you are paying for is the cost of advertising. For example, at www.WineBestBuys.com we have shown th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 6 Wines Everyone Shold Recognize


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