Thanks to WineTwits, I was invited to participate in the event and watch Chef Bob demonstrate three mouthwatering burger creations, and Yann pair each burger with a fantastic Beaujolais from the cellar of Georges Duboeuf.
On the menu for the tasting were three delicious burgers:
- Angus Burger stuffed with bacon
- Grilled Portabella
- Turkey Burger Sliders with Sundried Tomato and Basil
and three Georges Duboeuf bottles of wine:
- Beaujolais Villages 2009, $9.99
- Julienas Chateau des Capitans 2009, $17.99
- Brouilly 2009, $13.99
I normally pair my burgers with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, and was surprised to see how well Beaujolais paired with each burger - it does not overpower the burger but complements it. In the past, I've paired Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais with traditional French fare, but this event has opened up my eyes and shall I say, palette. Any of Beaujolias would be a perfect summer wine.
My favorite burger was the Angus Burger - it was juicy and flavorful - thanks to the bacon, shallots and rosemary stuffing. I'll definitely make this burger again.
Here are some interesting tidbits I learned during the event:
- Beaujolais produces more grapes than Chablis, the Côte d'Or, the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais combined
- Georges Dubœuf says 2009 is its the best in 50 years.
- Wine doesn't "breathe" when you pull the cork, but it does when you decant it!
- You do not need to decant the wine if you use an wine aerator to pour.
To view the tweets from the event, visit www.winetwits.com/events/tweets/5931.
If you'd like to download Chef Bob's burger recipes from the tasting, just "Like" Georges Duboeuf's Facebook page and click the Beaujolais Burgers tab. You can download a PDF of all three recipes. If you missed out on the event, and would like to have your own tasting, you can download the tasting mat and comment cards on their Facebook page as well.
Eat. Drink. Love.