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Burger Basics – How to Pair Your Patty

By Stocked Cellars on Aug 17, 2020

Sunny days and grilled burgers go together like beef and chardonnay. Wait…. What?? Who would dare serve a beef dish – a grilled hamburger no less – with a glass of chardonnay? Anyone who appreciates an exceptional marriage of flavours and isn’t afraid to step out of the restraints of those often restrictive tasting traditions.

Here are some of our favourite burger pairings that you can enjoy with wine online Toronto – including a few that might surprise you:

BEEF: Where’s the beef? It’s right here, hanging out with our 2018 Chardonnay from Ravine Vineyards. Even though this may be considered an odd couple to pairing purists, Chardonnay has that bit of acidic zip that cuts through the fattiness of a beef burger and it’s cheesy or creamy toppings. But, if you truly love a more traditional match, it’s hard to beat Ravine’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – a medium-bodied red that pairs beautifully with zesty toppings and is available with wine home delivery.

LAMB: Like beef, both reds and whites pair very well with the complex flavours of lamb. Whether you prefer your lamb burgers with a bit of garlic and mint, Mediterranean spices or au naturel, we have a selection with wine delivery Toronto to suit every taste. White wine drinkers will surely enjoy King’s Court Estate Follow the White Rabbit – a medium-bodied blend of Chardonnay & Pinot Gris. For a red to enjoy with your lamb burger, we recommend the spicy, slightly smoky Konzelmann Estate Winery 2018 Shiraz.

TURKEY: Yes, it’s poultry. No, it’s not served exclusively with whites and rosés. In fact, both of our top picks to pair with a nicely-seasoned grilled turkey burger are elegant Pinot Noirs. Light-bodied with a nose of cherries & cocoa bean with roses and vanilla notes, King’s Court Estate 2017 Pinot Noir will not overpower the delicate flavours of the turkey. Konzelmann Estate 2018 Unfiltered Pinot Noir is another exceptional choice, and once again available to order wine online Toronto with easy home delivery.

SALMON: Back to somewhat surprising burger pairings, a juicy grilled salmon patty pairs beautifully with both white and red wines. Our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Ravine Vineyards is soft and fruity with a subtle crispness that is absolutely perfect with salmon. If red is your preference, try the 2017 Merlot Reserve from Konzelmann Estate Winery with notes of baking spices, black currant & dark chocolate on the nose, fruit-forward palate, smooth tannins and balanced acidity. Truly gorgeous.

VEGGIE: Complex in flavour and texture, veggie burgers can reflect the main ingredient. For example, cauliflower and mushrooms create very different flavours when used as the dominant ingredient. Best keep a selection on hand, just to be safe. We recommend King’s Court Estate Winery 2016 Skin- Fermented Pinot Grigio, London Born Wine Co 2016 Somers Town Viognier, and Konzelmann Estate Winery 2017 Merlot Reserve. Each pair’s well with the fresh veggie flavours, and all are available to order online with wine home delivery.

Impress – and, perhaps, surprise – your BBQ guests with a selection of Ontario VQA wines that you can buy online from Stocked Cellars with stress-free wine delivery Toronto and across Ontario.

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