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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  • My friend had lined up a special VIP tasting at Beringer's Rhine House, but we ... in St. Helena for a tasty burger and fries.  This seems like a staple in the area, so we felt compelled to give it a try.  Yum.I then called Allison, who I'd met at a tasting and who reps Pavi.  She was to meet us at Napa Wine Company's "Cult Wine Central" in St... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Trip- Day 3- 4/20/10


  • Oakville East Core Stone 2007

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    This is serious stuff. It started with the impenetrable wax coating over the ... of decanting (and one juicy burger) later I realized that there was no error made.Sweet red fruits (mostly black cherry) bouncing off my palate with surprisingly very little oak. I'm sure this would be a great 2nd day wine as well but it was so tasty that I could ... Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Spring has sprung and fresh leaf lettuce is arriving in gardens and garden ... ... one slice of smoked bacon (Burger's original, if you can find it) and cut it into pieces as small as you can and brown it crisp, but not burned.While the bacon browns and renders its drippings, in a graduated cruet or beaker mix 2T apple cidar vinegar, 2T granul... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wilted Lettuce (lite)


  • I’ll take the advice of dmcker and HondaJohn to narrow the topic to ... ... bacon or country cured ham (Burger’s, if available to you) for ½ C.  The bacon is more mellow, and creates some good oils as it cooks, the ham is stronger in flavor and nearly dry. Add about 2 or 3 T more oil to the Dutch oven and set on medium heat.  Lightly dust the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Venison


  • Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Just ridiculous. extremely well made without too much oak. I would think this ... 10 years in bottle.This is a burger wine folks. But definitely hold onto it for a whil Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Fish Eye Cabernet Sauvignon California 2006

    Snoothrank:

    Purchased this wine for the value.Stood up very well to the grilled burger with blue cheese I paired it with. One of those times when I was actually surprised at how much better the meal was with the wine. I wasn't as fond of the wine alone. Read More

    Wine review by Tisalynn


  • Layer Cake Malbec 2007

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    Tasted this for the first time in January in a Las Vegas casino burger joint. I picked a cheaper glass off their list and was pleasantly surprised. Great fruit, easy drinking wine, perfect with a cheeseburger! Read More

    Wine review by Datsboy


  • firstly, i'd like to say hello and i look forward to picking the brains of all ... ... of wine with my usually burger at our favorite restaurant. when we broke up the one thing i'm glad she did not take when she left is my love for wine. the past 2-3yrs has been one long exploration of this new world, so please excuse the silly questions : Read More

    Forum post in the topic expensive habit for a poor...


  • Chateau Greysac Medoc Crub 2003

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    A great find from a great vintage. Currently enjoying it on a mellow Saturday evening. Read More

    Wine review by laurenrubin


  • My New Year's Wine Resolution is to qualify for the Wine Century Club--I am 40 or so varietals into it so the question is can I do it? Its going to be a big challenge because I've already done all of the easy ones also I have to find and average of more than one new wine a week to try. Does anyone have any suggestions for "must try" wines or any... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Year's (Wine) Resolution


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