Red wine goes with red meat, which includes hamburgers. I recently enjoyed an exquisite pairing of a 40th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon from Caymus Napa Winery with the Prime Burger from Fleming's Steakhouse (Bar). This was a match made in heaven. The wine was smooth, full-bodied, and fruity to the taste. But, the real pleasure came once my hamburger was served.
As we sat on the air-conditioned patio sipping our wine and enjoying some great appetizers, our extremely gracious and well-informed server eagerly presented the Prime Burger. Mine was a nicely thick and juicy hamburger patty, cooked to order at medium with a glowing pink middle. Served open-faced, the Wisconsin cheddar cheese melting into the hamburger patty, with the smoked-bacon smiling back at my eager mouth, I could not wait to take the first bite. After placing the nice and evenly grilled brioche bun on top of the burger, I did just that. BIte after bite, I was quite satisfied. Everything about this burger was quite good - the size, the taste, the flavor, the kick, the presentation. Finally, a steakhouse that pays as much attention to their burgers as they do their steaks. I have visited several other well-respected steakhouses where this was not their hamburger ethic.
In all honestly, it was the wine pairing and it's value price of $25 that brought me to Fleming's for a burger. Sharing an excellent wine and a tasty hamburger with good friends made for quite a burger adventure.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!