The world of hamburgers: If you're an omnivore, you can't help but end up there at least once a week. When pairing a wine with this iconic dish, it's all about the toppings and condiments. In this video, some surefire picks to go with a variety of burger styles.
OUR SOMMELIER SAYS
When choosing a wine to serve with a burger, it's not so much about the meat than the toppings or condiments gracing it.
If you're going to slather on ketchup, look for fruity wines or even sweet wines, since ketchupnot the burger itselfwill be the dominant element. Off-dry rosés or even white wines with a touch of sweetness can work. An Australian Shiraz is a respectable pick.
If you're eating the burger on its own, "nothing is better than a rich, sunny, southern red from Italy." Try a Nero D'Avola from Sicily.
Having a side of coleslaw? "You'll find great happiness in a Syrah-based wine from Southern Francea good Côtes du Rhône would be quite lovely."
In general: "For everything from burgers to pizza to steaks, I default to Southern Italyto primitivos from Apulia or Nero D'Avolas from Sicily."
FEATURED WINES Nausica Nero D'Avola Sicilia, 2005
Hope Estate Family Vineyards, Hunter Valley Wollemi Shiraz, 2005
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