New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer shares his sometimes counterintuitive tips for drinking wine with burgers, pizza and pretty much anything else. Rule #1: Keep a half-dozen open bottles in your fridge at all times.
How did you celebrate the recent Shake Shack IPO, which, when the market closed that day, put the company’s value at more than $1.6 billion?
We had a huge party at one of the Shake Shacks in Brooklyn! But it had been an incredibly long day. After a while I just wanted to sit down and have something to eat and a glass of wine. We went to a nearby pizza place, but they didn’t have a wine list! My wife left and came back carrying four Shake Shack milkshakes. “I got two strawberry and two vanilla,” she said. I thought, Ugh, the last thing I want right now is a milkshake. She said, “Shh! Just drink it.” And they were filled with wine—“vanilla” was our Shack White, and “strawberry,” our Shack Red. Each with a straw.
What wine goes best with a Shack burger?
So far, the two most successful are American Merlot (our Shack Red) and Syrah. People want that bit of sweetness; more often than not, they’re using ketchup. Without a little sweetness in the wine, the ketchup makes it taste sharp. Plus, those wines are sort of beefy in a way.