Match of the week | Cheeseburgers and cabernet

Match of the week

Cheeseburgers and cabernet

Last night we went round to some new friends and they made the most delicious home-made burgers.

I’d emailed beforehand to ask what we’d be eating so we could bring along an appropriate wine and when I discovered it was burgers immediately thought of cabernet sauvignon.

We took two, a dark, damsony 2012 HIP Sagemoor Farmers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Hedges Family Estate in Washington State’s Columbia Valley and a 2008 Uitkyk Carlonet 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch which was surprisingly brighter and juicier despite its greater age.

Apart from a well-judged amount of cheese the burgers were simply topped with tomatoes and pickled cucumber and no raw onion (a definite plus from the point of view of the wine). We thought the Uitkyk, which is pronounced 8-cake in case you’re wondering, was marginally the better match but they were both thoroughly enjoyable. Quality cab is as good a match with a burger as it is with a steak.

By the way the Uitkyk came from our personal wine stocks but you can buy the 2010 vintage from Fareham Cellar for £10.99. The HIP Cabernet was a sample from Roberson and costs £16.95

Photo © badmanproduction

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Comments: 2 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on August 28 2015 at 20:16

All those would work, I'm sure. Love Zin with a burger

Josh Keepfer on August 28 2015 at 11:57

I like to have big bold flavors in my burger, adding blue cheese, grilled onions, the works, I like to have a spicier wine with more robust flavor to stand up to the toppings. Malbec, Zinfandel, and Côtes du Rhone.

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