Still think burgers go best with beer? Think again. Next time you fire up the grill, reach for one of these three wines instead.
The Traditional Wine & Burger Pairing: California Cabernet Sauvignon
Classically-dressed burgers with cheddar, ketchup, and lettuce call for a wine pairing that showcases the flavor of the beef. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine with notes of black currant and spicy berry fruit—a perfect bottle to pair with red meat.
Recommended pairing: Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon with Game-Time Sliders
The Unexpected Wine & Burger Pairing: California Brut
Add a fun flourish to your meal by pairing your burger with a glass of bubbly wine, such as the medium-bodied Mumm Napa Brut. This sparkling wine provides bright, refreshing contrast to the heavier flavors found in most burgers, and offers notes of vanilla, citrus, and stone fruit.
Recommended pairing: Mumm Napa Brut with Southwest Green Chile Burgers with Portabella Fries
The Bold Wine & Burger Pairing: California Zinfandel
Burgers loaded with pungent, flavorful toppings—like blue or feta cheese, caramelized onions, or pickles—need a wine that can stand up to intense flavors. We suggest drinking a full-bodied red wine like Cline Cellars Zinfandel, which has hints of dark berries and spice that pair well with a bold, juicy burger.
Recommended pairing: Cline Cellars Zinfandel with Pimiento Cheese Burgers
How to Make the Best Burgers
Great burgers start with great meat. For a juicy burger, select a cut that has enough fat to hold up to grilling. Try Publix Ground Chuck, which is 80 to 85 percent lean—the perfect percentage for a delicious burger. Bonus: Save time with Publix Meat ground chuck burgers that are ready-made and ready to hit the grill.
Looking for more wines that pair well with burgers? Try:
- Bogle Merlot - This rich blend features hints of summer herbs, along with soft tannins and flavors of black cherry and plum. The slight notes of roasted cocoa and oak from the wine make it a great partner for grilled beef.
- Marques de Caceres Rioja - This Spanish wine has acidity similar to pinot noir for a smooth finish. The dry tannins and aromas of berries and vanilla make it a good wine to enjoy alone or to serve with a grilled burger.
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