Burgers and Bubbles

This Champagne was a media sample from the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.

Until recently I thought champagne and sparkling wines were only drank when celebrating.  It didn’t matter what you were celebrating, you just had to be celebrating.  But thanks to social media, I have come to realize that champagne, like wine, is meant to be enjoyed any day.  You don’t need a special reason, you just need to open the bottle!  The champagne makes the day/event special.

I am really glad I came to this realization, as I have a few bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine I need to review.

hamburgerA couple of nights ago, I decided to pop (literally) open a bottle of sparkling wine from McGregor Vineyards.  I had actually been thinking about having sparkling wine all day.  So when I started home from work, I had to come up with a pairing.  I decided what better way to celebrate Finger Lakes Sparkling wines than with a traditional American hamburger.  And it worked – everything tasted better with this pairing.  the burger tasted better because of the sparkling wine and the sparkling wine tasted better because of the burger.  I think we have a winner!!!

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The McGregor 2008 Blanc d’ Noir is a 100% estate grown Pinot Noir sparkling wine made in the méthode Champenoise tradition. It is a complex and rich sparkler bursting with Pinot Noir fruit character, lingering tiny bubbles and a long finish. The experience is full, intense and even more gratifying with fine foods.  (quote from McGregor website).

There are several champagne mixers you can create that add even more variety to when and where you could drink champagne or sparkling wine.  The most famous is the Mimosa – simply combining Champagne with orange juice, but you can mix it up and try substituting Sprite for the orange juice and adding some sweetened strawberries for a refreshing afternoon take on the mimosa.  What a great way to cool off on a hot, humid summer day.You could also pour a glass of champagne and add an ounce of simple syrup and crushed, sweetened blackberries.

No matter how you blend it or mix it, make champagne and sparkling wine a staple in your house.  Have it readily available to serve friends when they drop by unexpectedly or to serve with that burger hot off the grill on any given night.  Champagne makes any day and any occasion a special event.

Varietal:  Pinot Noir          Alcohol:  13%          Price:  $29.99


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. the winegetter
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:28:25

    WOW, sounds like a great sparkler and a great pairing. Will that go on your menu as a suggested pairing??


  2. Red Wine Diva
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:33:41

    The wine bar won’t have a menu that requires real cooking or grilling – just easy to prep Tapas food, but it is a pairing I would recommend!


  3. Frank - DrinkWhatYouLike
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 22:13:02

    Ah, bubbles make everything better. 🙂


  4. DrinkWhatYouLike
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 22:13:50

    Ah, bubbles make everything better! 🙂


  5. Beth
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:45:05

    The Finger Lakes area is making some nice bubbles. And lucky for us, bubbles go with just about everything!


  6. winesleuth
    May 03, 2013 @ 03:25:03

    Yah! I love champagne and think it goes perfectly with all kinds of foods, try some soft French cheeses next time – yum!


  7. winesleuth
    May 03, 2013 @ 03:25:56

    or parmegiano reggiano with Krug 😉


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