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.

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  • Purple Cowboy Cabernet-Syrah Blend Paso Robles Tenacious Red 2006

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    nice berry mouthfeel. feels like there is zin in it but there isn't. no finish ... and ink. went fine with a burger. good party win Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Well it's official. I'll be going to Napa from July 6th through the 10th for my first official vacation for over three years. Got a sweet room at a place in St. Helena and I'm looking for recommendations of what the best places are to taste. I plan on spending at least two days in the Valley tasting, with a day trip out to Santa Cruz mountain... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa


  • Les Bourgeois Solay NV

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    A decent red for social occasions. It's sweet with a fairly pleasant aftertaste. You'll get sufficient bang for your buck. Read More

    Wine review by coyote1909


  • Les Bourgeois Solay NV

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    A great-looking rosé that's surprisingly bland. It does indeed look gorgeous in the glass, but that's about as good as it gets. It's somewhat sweet, but lacking any kind of character. It was like drinking sweet water: kind of bland smelling, kind of bland tasting in the front, kind of bland going down, and with a bland and slightly unpleasant... Read More

    Wine review by coyote1909


  • Chateau de Malleret Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2003

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    Ruby color, light brown meniscus, medium body, strong bouquet of vanilla and oak some red fruits, light tears, smooth tannins, dry. Recommend decanting. Read More

    Wine review by LuminousFive


  • Chateau de Malleret Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2003

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    Ruby color, brown meniscus, light tears, strong bouquet of vanilla and oak some red fruits, medium body, smooth tannins. Dry. Recommend decanting. Read More

    Wine review by LuminousFive


  • No matter what your Memorial Day barbecue plans include, we've found some great ... perfect match for a backyard burger, medium rare please! These wines are just perfect for sharing this summer and at prices like these you really can stock up with a few cases for the inevitable summer fun - barbecues, lounging around the pool, and sharing with... Read More

    From the article Memorial Day is on the way!


  • That I just won on auction. Also, is this wine overrated (as some say) or as good as its defenders say? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What would you pair with a...


  • Well we've moved on past Grenache to the unique and fickle Petty Sarah.We ... ... ... give me a great big rare burger with a thick slice or bermuda onion on it and this will sing!. Lots of plum, sugared raspberry, muddy earth, wood spice, and india ink on the nose with a full, polished feel. Really well integrated structural elements support r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Post your Petite Sirah GTi...


  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2005

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    Man give me a great big rare burger with a thick slice or bermuda onion on it and this will sing!. Lots of plum, sugared raspberry, muddy earth, wood spice, and india ink on the nose with a full, polished feel. Really well integrated structural elements support rich, dark yet fresh fruit in the mouth with a bit of grabbing tannin popping on the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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