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Best Wine Pairings for Burgers

The type of meat determines the best wine match (unless the burger is smothered in strong-flavored condiments).

Beef Burgers

Classic Red

Rich, peppery Zinfandel: 2006 Ravenswood Napa Valley ($15).

Unexpected Red

Powerful Sicilian Nero d’Avola: 2006 Colosi Rosso ($12).

Great White

Rich, luscious Chardonnay: 2007 Newton Vineyard Red Label ($25).

Lamb Burgers

Classic Red

Juicy, spicy Shiraz: 2007 Oxford Landing South Australia ($8).

Unexpected Red

Earthy Portuguese red: 2004 Periquita Reserva ($16).

Great White

Rhône-style white blend: 2007 Isenhower Cellars Snapdragon ($17).

Turkey Burgers

Classic Red

Fragrant, fruity Pinot Noir: 2006 Carmel Road Monterey ($17).

Unexpected Red

Vibrant, berry-scented rosé: 2008 Mulderbosch ($12).

Great White

Fruity, peach-inflected Pinot Gris: 2007 King Estate Signature ($16).

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Published June 2009
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