Of Burgers and Rosso

by Victoria D'Olier on August 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Of Burgers and Rosso |

The Resident Beverage Chugger is an exceptionally conscientious gift-giver.  He is not the type to return home with a pair of Manolos because I made him look good at a corporate get-together.  He is the kind of man who will bring home a phenomenal bottle of wine on date night and then suggest we toss it back with burgers, just because.  That, my friends, is living.

While we do our best to maintain a strict budget, from time to time life calls for a splurge, which for us that is a wine in the neighborhood of $40.  Typically I’d advocate spending the money on four $10 bottles (I mean, four times the wine, duh!), but sometimes life calls for something special. Something earthy. Something ruddy. Something Italian. Sometimes, life calls for Rosso.

Red Wine

How good was the pairing? So good we forgot to take a photo of the wine!

Strolling into Kua Aina I could hardly wait to construct the perfect burger to compliment Ceretto’s 2007 Monsordo Rosso Langhe.  A quarter pound burger cooked to medium topped with grilled onions and peppers, provolone and bacon was artistry all its own (thank you, Kua Aina), but sitting back in the setting sun and taking my first sip of smooth, luscious red wine with my burger made it a truly decadent moment.

Perhaps, a bacon burger with grilled veggies is not what one might immediately conjure upon opening said bottle but all the vitello tonnato, bollito misto and truffles in the world could not take away from the one beautiful moment of the stunning first sip.  At the end of the day, isn’t that what wine is supposed to be…a social lubricant to lift the soul, create a smile and a lasting memory?  If not, what is all the fuss about?

That beautiful glass full of deep garnet, blossomed with a nose of tobacco, vanilla, dusty currants and black raspberries.  It sang on the palate with a silky mouth feel, tannins filled with a gentle chew, dried cherries and black tea and added the perfect flourish to an amazing evening. Great wine, great company and a great burger. Sometimes life really is that simple.

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