Pairing Burgers with a Glass of Bubbly

22nd January 2019

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Do Burgers And Fizz Pair Well Together?

Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine

The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. The de Goosebourne family crest was made up of three geese, each and every bottle of wine crafted at Gusbourne carries a contemporary goose crest in honour of their heritage. This ‘Goosemark’ is a symbol of trust, representing their pursuit of uncompromising quality.

They have 60 hectares at Gusbourne Estate in Kent and 30 hectares in West Sussex that are planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2014 Tasting Notes: “Yellow and green stone fruits with Candy and floral hints on the nose. Dry citrus flavours, highly refreshing in the mouth. A Gold Medal Winner in the ‘Spring Fling’ category in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2018″ Click for Full Review

Champagne Laurent Lequart

Champagne Laurent Lequart owns 10-hectare vineyards located in the village of Passy Grigny, they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier

Laurent Lequart Blanc de Meunier Brut Nature Tasting Notes: “White pepper and green pear on the nose. Dry and crisp citrus flavours in the mouth. A Gold Medal Winner in ‘Gastronomic’ category in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2017.” Click for Full Review

The Burgers

  1. Iceland Vegetable Burger
  2. Linda McCartney’s Vegetable Mozzarella Quarter Pounder
  3. Birdseye Chicken Quarter Pounder 100% Chicken Breast
  4. Aberdeen Angus Quarter Pounder 100% British Beef from Iceland

Pairing

Iceland Vegetable Burger

Gusbourne: “The vegetables come in as the life of the party, then the Sparkling Wine enters and the acidity calms down the situation to turn in into a quite gathering” 

Laurent Lequart: “The vegetables enter first, but the Champagne is much stronger”

The English Sparkling Wine Gusbourne wins this combination.

Linda McCartney’s Vegetable Mozzarella Quarter Pounder

Gusbourne: “Gusbourne comes in strong, but then underlines the burger only to then make a strong finish”

Laurent Lequart: “Laurent Lequart complements the burger allowing both to shine”

Laurent Lequart was my favourite, a great combination.

 Birdseye Chicken Quarter Pounder 100% Chicken Breast

Gusbourne: “The flavour of the Gusbourne overwhelms the chicken making it more or less non-existent, but the combination does create an interesting mixture”

Laurent Lequart: “Halfway through the mix, the Champagne throws a punch, but other than that the combination is a little lacking”

Neither worked perfectly to bring out both flavours, even though the Gusbourne didn’t allow the Chicken to shine it was still a nice combination.

Aberdeen Angus Quarter Pounder 100% British Beef from Iceland

Gusbourne: “An interesting combination, a good mixture both helping each other to create a pleasant taste”

Laurent Lequart: “It slips right through the burger leaving a small amount of Champagne, this allows you to enjoy the Champagne without taking away from the burger”

Both Laurent Lequart and Gusbourne work very well with this burger, but if I had to give it to one it would be Gusbourne.

To answer the question Do Burgers And Fizz Pair Well Together? It would be yes, different Sparkling Wines and Champagnes will create different combinations, some will work better than others, but out of the ones I tried, there was definitely some enjoyable combinations, so I recommend you try this for yourself, get out a nice bottle of Fizz and cook a burger or two and make an evening out of it.

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Oliver Walkey

Oliver Walkey

Journalist focused on Champagne, Sparkling Wines and Food Pairings. Social Media manager for Glass of Bubbly.