Beef-and-Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Caper Remoulade Paired with 7 Deadly Zins

7 Deadly Zins

I’m a big fan of meals that are easy, inexpensive and tasty; but who isn’t?
This week I am featuring the Michael David Winery, and what better wine to pair with their Seven Deadly Zins than a burger? Recommended retail on the Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel is around $14, making it VERY recession friendly.
I selected a recipe for Beef-and-Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Caper Remoulade, a fairly simple but extremely tasty recipe. I was intrigued by the remoulade which calls for cornichons, capers, whole-grain mustard, parsley and mayo. Kind of an interesting combination I thought. Not something I have ever put on a burger before!

I did have a little difficulty in finding cornichons, I settled for sweet midget gherkins…it’s the closest that Publix had. I was also a little worried that the wine would overpower the individual components of the recipe, especially with the alcohol being at 15% (typical for Zinfandel). Luckily I couldn’t have been more wrong! The low typical low tannin levels in  Zinfandel make it a great pairing wine, particularly with beef, lamb, barbeque or sausage dishes.


I’m going to rate this as a Perfect Match!



Beef-and-Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Caper Remoulade Close Up


~ My Food & Wine Pairing Guide~


Bad-Match_thumbBad Match
The interaction of wine and food when tasted together has a negative impact on the senses. This is common when the food item is high in acidity, salt, bitterness, or spiciness.

Many times wine serves simply as a satisfying refreshment to accompany a certain food choice. The refreshment match may be appropriate when the food severely inhibits a good or synergistic wine choice.

These pairing situations are average and pleasant, but are missing an element of individuality and thus cannot provide a superior gastronomic experience.

Good-Match_thumbGood Match
In this situation, you have found a wine that matches the food item’s basic components (sweet, sour, bitter, salty) and overall body.  
Perfect-Match_thumbPerfect Match
This essentially means the combined effect of the wine and the food paired together is superior to the sum of the individual parts.




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