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TASTING & FOOD NOTES
For us, “burgers” evoke memories of backyard barbeques, of sunshine and warm evenings, of good food and laughter with friends and family. The goal of this wine was to produce a fruit-laden and refreshing red that represents excellent value and one that w0uld bring out the best in your burger. A challenging task since the perfect burger can be a very personal and unique creation. Consider the traditional elements: the acidity of pickle, the sweetness of relish and ketchup and the spice of BBQ sauce and mustard. Our final combination for Burger Blend is a satisfying mix of ripe red berry, balanced with acidity and a smooth, round fruity mouthful that can be enjoyed alone or with your favourite summer backyard fare, burgers most certainly included! Respect your burger… serve it with Burger Blend!
The original 13th Street Burger Blend was produced in the late 90’s and was a “mulligan stew” (the winemaker’s words) of a wine which incorporated pretty much every red variety in the wineries stables. After a long hiatus we are pleased to announce Burger Blend is back! The 2016 is a combination of just two varieties: Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir – two of our most important red varietals..
The winter of 2015/2016 was thankfully mild after the deep freezes of the previous two, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was warm, sunny and almost draught-like. Luckily light rain in August refreshed the parched vines. Harvest started with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling on September 8th and continued with other whites and light reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for Cabernet Sauvignon. All grapes came in clean and disease-free with little need for sorting. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.
Awards & Ratings
MWC 2015-06-10Wine expert and Sommelier Jake Skakun wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "Some wineries blend Gamay and Pinot Noir together and call it “passetoutgrain” after the Burgundian... More
MWCWine expert and Sommelier Jake Skakun wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "Some wineries blend Gamay and Pinot Noir together and call it “passetoutgrain” after the Burgundian equivalent—for 13th Street Winery, it’s simply Burger Blend. The 2013 is a medium-bodied quaffer with light tannins that expertly balances soft cherry fruit with a smoky, woodsy character and leaves off with a refreshing, tangy finish. At $15, this is stunning value. I haven’t had the opportunity to drink it alongside burgers just yet, but I have no doubt it’ll be a great partner." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/top-wine-picks-value-wines/
MWC 2015-05-29Wine expert Kurtis Kolt pairs this wine with burgers on the MWC Wine Blog: "The aptly named 2013 Burger Blend from 13th Street Winery is a re-hash of the beloved “mulligan stew” that this... More
MWCWine expert Kurtis Kolt pairs this wine with burgers on the MWC Wine Blog: "The aptly named 2013 Burger Blend from 13th Street Winery is a re-hash of the beloved “mulligan stew” that this Niagara winery gem released in the late 90’s. This time, they’ve used just two varieties, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir, to create a juicy refreshing wine bursting of ripe berry fruit that will complement any burger in its path." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/pairitup-burgers/