Take your BBQ burgers up a notch with our guide to wine and burger pairings.
Sunny days, the uplifting aroma of sizzling burgers on the grill, laughter filling the air as friends gather, and the musical clink of wine glasses. There's something magical about the combination of BBQ, friends, and wine. And by pairing your BBQ burgers with the perfect wine and appropriate glassware, you can take this artful combination to new heights for a summer to remember.
As with any other food, finding the optimal wine and burger pairing requires taking advantage of different flavor profiles. When selecting your wine, consider factors like the burger's richness, spiciness, or smokiness, and seek a wine that complements those characteristics. For instance, a rich, robust Cabernet Sauvignon can match beautifully with a juicy, bold beef burger, while a crisp and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc can cut through the richness of a cheesy chicken burger. Likewise, the fruit-forward character, balanced acidity, and light body of a dry rosé can harmonize with the earthiness of a chickpea burger for a refreshing pairing.
Conversely, avoiding pairings where the burger and wine's qualities clash is equally important. That same full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, with its heavy mouthfeel and firm tannins, can easily overpower lighter burger options such as the chickpea burger mentioned above, while juicy, rich red meat burgers will overwhelm the delicate flavors of a light-bodied Pinot Grigio.
If, after you've looked up the best wine to pair with a burger, you're still unsure whether the pairing will work, try it out and note the outcome. Trial and error is often the best teacher for these matters once you've done your initial research.
You've picked out the ideal wine for the afternoon's burgers on the BBQ. The next step is to enjoy that wine from a glass that will show off the wine's nuanced qualities, enhancing the burger pairing experience.
As you may have heard us mention once or twice (or a million times) before, the shape of a wine glass significantly impacts the wine's aroma, taste, and overall presentation. When selecting glassware for your wine and burger pairing, you should know some fundamental differences between red and white wines regarding glassware requirements. For red wines, glasses with large bowls allow proper aeration to release the wine's aromatic compounds and soften tannins. In contrast, white wines benefit from narrower bowls and openings to concentrate their delicate aromas. Understanding this is vital to excelling in your wine and burger pairings.
That said, selecting appropriate glassware for your wine can go much further than choosing universal glasses for red and white wine options. Our Grape Varietal Specific Glassware collections account for notable differences found within the broad categories of 'red wine' and 'white wine', so if you know precisely what wines you plan on pairing with your burgers, these are the collections that will allow you to really let your wine dazzle.
For lovers of red meat burgers or burgers slathered in rich sauces such as barbecue sauce, you'll want glassware suited to full-bodied red wines we recommend you pair with these burgers. Our various RIEDEL Cabernet/Merlot glasses and Syrah/Shiraz glasses from across our Grape Varietal Specific Glassware series are perfect for such occasions - you just need to choose the RIEDEL collection that matches your style, be it RIEDEL Veloce,
Suppose you prefer chicken burgers, burgers made from lean cuts of meat, or veggie burgers and want a lighter-bodied wine to complement the milder flavors. In that case, we recommend checking out our various Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay glasses from the above-mentioned Grape Varietal Specific Glassware collections. Sparkling wines can pair nicely here too, in which case we'd recommend choosing from the Champagne and other sparkling wine glasses available in the Sparkling Wine Glassware section of our online shop.
To assist you further on the above, you can make selecting the best RIEDEL glass to serve your wine in alongside your burgers as simple as possible by checking out our RIEDEL Wine Glass Guide.
The experience of savoring mouthwatering burgers, clinking wine glasses with friends, and indulging in a burger and wine pairing can be a true joy when done right. By carefully selecting the right wines and wine glasses, you can enhance the flavors of your burgers and elevate your overall summer dining experience - and it always helps to include RIEDEL.
Cheers to BBQs, sun, friendship, and great food and drink!