Food and Wine Pairing: Buffalo Burgers and 2012 Juxtapoz North Coast Red Blend
Food: Who doesn’t like hamburgers as part of a Fourth of July picnic? But have you tried burgers made from buffalo meat? A real treat. The burgers are leaner than most hamburgers which are typically made from ground chuck. Although some hamburger eaters use ground beef from leaner cuts of meat, buffalo meat is always deliciously lean. And, buffalo meat is becoming more and more available as more and more farmers are raising bison in lieu of cattle. The Healthy Buffalo is a great source for buffalo and meat from many other farm-raised game animals. All of which are much lower in fat and calories. We served classic potato salad and cole slaw with the burgers on the Fourth.
Wine: 2012 Juxtapoz North Coast Red Blend is a great example of the growing list of innovative wine making in California. For this wine, the winemaker has blended different grape varieties from different areas of the North Coast wine region. This appellation encompasses all the vineyards north of San Francisco Bay and include Napa, Sonoma, Mendicino, and Lake Counties. The grapes used in this blend are:
Syrah (55%), Zinfandel (23%), Petite Syrah (9%), Malbec (6%), Cabernet Sauvignon (4%), and 3% Other (?). Everything but the kitchen sink! Only in California would you see such a creative blend like this one!
Tasting: After one sip … “What a fabulous wine!” … “What the heck is it?” That’s the beauty of a well-crafted blend. It leaves you with great flavors, but musing as to what it is. Aromas of plum and blueberry waft up from the glass. On the palate, a medley of black fruits (current, blueberry, black cherry, and lingonberry) prevail with a backdrop of soft tannins. The finish provides a delightful conclusion with subtle hints of chocolate.
Other Food Pairings for this Wine: Meatloaf, Grilled Sausage, Lamb, Game, Mexican Food
Other Wine Pairings for these Burgers: Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel
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