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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  • I would never argue against Zinfandel with burgers.  Works every time.Burgers in this household are intentionally served as simple, low-cost meals.  So, they are made from the "standard" packaged 80/20 ground beef.  I like catsup (I'm brand agnostic.) on my burgers, which, of course, introduces sugar to my sandwich.  (If we have french fries wit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • I did the bike race downtown Victoria last weekend and afterward had late lunch ... of Salt Spring Island lamb burger and a Chilean Syrah.  It was perfect, except I'd have preferred a BC Syrah, but they don't serve those by the glass.  Elk make great burgers too.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much ... doesn't like whites. The burgers were going to be 50/50 bacon/beef, which opened a world of possibilities so we decided to go all-American. Halcón Vineyards Prado to start, a 50.50 Marsanne/Rousanne blend that would have gone really well with the mushr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of ... appeal. Pairing this with a burger off the grill sounds about right. 83pts 2012 Bridlewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles CA 13.9% $13Jammy and rich on the nose with plenty of vanilla and spicy oak backing up the fruit, this has an almost meaty cast to th... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late


  • Retired and looking to become more acquainted with wine products.  It seems like an vast array of confusion to me.  I only drink dark red wines, and the cheap kinds- as you might be able to tell by my username- but I love wine.  So let me get my many thoughts together and in some kind of order and I will get back.  Thank you community.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past ... ... from the soda fountain a Burger King, it actually tastes quite good. “It's a bloody lovely wine, rich and creamy in texture, generously fruity and spicy in flavour, full of a sense of place,” Allen wrote, “of warm sunshine freshened by sea breezes.” He then ... Read More

    From the article Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace "Field Blend"


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Clear pale yellow color. Very expressive nosetropical fruits along with orange blossom floral. Not nearly as assertive on the tip of the tongue. Im still getting the tropical fruit along with stone fruit, but it kinda sneaks up on you. An interesting mid-palate heaviness shows up and suddenly, these fruit flavors fade. Acid appears on the b... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Niiice!The kids are coming over for burgers. It's time fir some Zin!This Sodini is seriously tasty. Rich, creamy red fruit, zippy acid, lush texture, gritty tannins. Great burger wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Winter is here and with that tastes are shifting. Calls are up for toddies, ... ... hunting down the best burger in town, listening to Oasis & Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and longing for leather jacket weathe Read More

    From the article Warming Winter Cocktail Recipes


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