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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Burger on Snooth

  • Today's article is a bit of an anomaly for these pages: it speaks neither ... grilling up a sorry, crusty burge Read More

    From the article Ready, Set, Grill


  • Another in my series of reports focusing on the wines I was able to sample at ... ... about. Like how long the Burger truck line was going to be. But seriously, I was here, at the Chianti Classico stand with limited time and a pair of missions. First and foremost was to try and suss out some of the best values from all the wines on offer, and ... Read More

    From the article Cracking the Chianti Code


  • Yes, Fox, I do have more of that Mauritson, CS--some Rockpile, also.On Sunday ...  It's a pretty nice burger place over in Claremont.  Eureka! is a chain that has 11 locations in California and one in Seattle.  I mention this, because I am curious about whether anybody else has tried one.  I think they offer pretty good burgers and they have e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2011

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    This was the 2nd glass of wine with the Burger, very good, but not as great with the Burger as the 'Double C', but then the Bartender warned me that the Malbec would not be. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chappellet the Double C 2011

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    While in Dallas recently, I had a glass of this with a Burger as part of a couple of courses at Morton's...The wine was really something and a great pairing. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put ... and bright. A lovely BBQ or burger wine. 88pts Abeja Like many of the wineries in Walla Walla Abeja is a small operation, producing a few thousand cases a year with a focus on cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit comes from both estate vineyards as well as from contract fruit. Wha... Read More

    From the article Which Wine in Walla Walla?


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, ... and bright. A lovely BBQ or burger wine. 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos 2003

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    I totally do not understand how this can go with "lamb and apricot" dishes. I ... and bacon stew alongside a burger and even those were to sweet for it. Sweetness brings out the peppery astringent tastes to the wine. Not a good pairing at all. Read More

    Wine review by allthingsforless


  • Chateau Millegrand Minervois 2010

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    I have never had a bottle from this Chateau so thought I would give it a try. ... medium cheeses, pork, pizza, burgers, or even a mushroom burger. I would give this wine about an 86 rating. If there is a nice sale on this wine, I may try it again on a different vintage. If you have a 2010 vintage of this wine, I would drink it before the end o... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean up the cellar a bit. A ... and would go great with a burger. 84p Read More

    From the article 2 Great Wines for Winter


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