Wine Down With a Burger

Burgers and wine–an odd couple? We think not. On August 14, Raphael’s Winery will be pouring as you sample the best burgers Long Island has to offer at Pulse’s 2016 Great Burger Battle. August is a little far away, so throw some patties on the grill tonight and grab a bottle of Raphael’s to sip alongside. After you uncork but before you chow down, be sure to score tickets to Great Burger Battle while they’re hot.

2015 (unoaked) Chardonnay
Stripped and stored in stainless steel, Raphael’s 2015 Chardonnay has just the right balance of fruits and acids. Get hints of peaches, pears and tropical fruit that compliment a Hawaiian-style teriyaki burger and grilled pineapple toppings. It can complement the most mouth-watering burger, so grab a glass and dig in.

2014 First Label Sauvignon Blanc
One of the most boasted blancs, Raphael’s First Label Sauvignon Blanc has complexities that enhance anything on a sesame seed bun. A veggie patty will accentuate the lemongrass, or chef up an herb-seasoned chicken patty to round out the vintage’s floral notes.

2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Think pink. Yes, really. The minerality and flavors of citrus in Raphael’s 2015 Rosé of Noir cuts right through the richness of a cheesy, medium rare quarter-pounder. Each sip will leave you ready for your next morsel.

2013 Estate Merlot
Wine pros abide by this rule of thumb: if in doubt, go Merlot. The balance of fruit and tannins makes it an easy drink for all and the medium body holds its own with beef or poultry.

2014 Cabernet Franc
This full-bodied red has it all: dark berry fruit, hints of anise and lingering notes of summer garden herbs and tomatoes. Not only does it make a great libation to accompany the burger, but splash some in your pan while roasting onions and you have an onion topping with a twist.