There\u2019s nothing quite like the pairing of a classic, fresh-off-the-grill burger and ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. But burgers and wine can be an equally delicious duo. After all, burgers are a casual, fun food\u2014they wonderfully complement wines that share those traits.\n\n\n\nPaula de Pano, sommelier and owner of Rocks + Acid, a wine shop and tasting room in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, wants her burger-and-wine experience to feel almost primal.\n\n\n\n\u201cI\u2019m not looking for a revelatory moment when I choose to drink wine with a burger,\u201d de Pano says. \u201cI want it to be an everyman kind of experience, no-frills and gut-satisfying from both ends.\u201d\n\n\n\nMeanwhile, when Bambi Ray, sales manager at New York City's Astor Wines & Spirits, thinks about burgers on the grill, she\u2019s drawn to bright, uplifting wines.\n\n\n\n\u201cYou don\u2019t want something that\u2019s going to feel super heavy and weigh you down,\u201d Ray explains. \u201cYou want something refreshing\u2014nothing that makes you want to take a nap.\u201d\n\n\n\nNo matter what type of burger you're cooking up this summer, consider this your sign to break out the wine glasses. (Plastic is fine\u2014after all, this is a casual situation!) These burger and wine-pairing picks, dreamed up by drinks experts and matched with bottles from the Wine Enthusiast Tasting Department, are sure to keep the party going.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Best Burger and Wine Pairings\n\n\n\nStocksy\n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Classic Hamburger: Massolino 2021 Dolcetto (Dolcetto d\u2019Alba)\n\n\n\n\u201cA well-executed burger has incredible umami, which makes it versatile to pair with [many] styles of wines,\u201d says Yannick Benjamin, Wine Enthusiast\u2019s 2021 sommelier and beverage director of the Year. He suggests \u201ca beautiful Dolcetto from Piedmont.\u201d Dolcetto means "little sweet one" in Italian, and although it\u2019s not sweet, its notes of juicy berry fruit and hint of savory heft helps it stand up to a quintessential beef burger. These wines are meant to be enjoyed young. \u201cThey have enough tannin to balance richer foods,\u201d says Benjamin, but it won\u2019t weigh you down.\n\n\n\n\n\nStocksy \n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Turkey Burger: Benanti 2021 Rosato Nerello Mascalese (Etna)\n\n\n\nRay recommends a fuller-bodied ros\u00e9 to enjoy with a turkey burger. That\u2019s because there are often a lot of flavors contained in a single burger, from toppings and sauces to the patty itself. Because turkey patties are a little milder than their beefy cousins, they're arguably more likely to be tricked out with condiments.\n\n\n\n\u201cRos\u00e9 is something that won\u2019t be at odds with the flavors of lettuce, tomato and avocado, and really pairs well with all the options,\u201d Ray advises. She suggests opting for a heartier style of ros\u00e9 with citrus and plum notes. It\u2019s still refreshing enough to sip on a sunny afternoon with turkey burger in hand.\n\n\n\n\n\nGetty Images\n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Cheeseburger: Pierre-Marue Chermette 2021 Coeur de Vendanges Vignes Centenaires (Beaujolais)\n\n\n\nBurger plus melted cheese equals a weighty flavor bomb, so you\u2019re going to want \u201ca bit more of a palate-cleansing wine, because the cheese brings an element of richness,\u201d says Jahdea Gildin, sommelier at New York City\u2019s Luthun. A lighter and brighter style of red wine that will lift you back up, like a Beaujolais, is a great option. It's \u201cnice and fresh, with red and black fruits, and a little bit of a floral note,\u201d Gildin says. It\u2019s a perfect foil for a meaty, cheesy cheeseburger.\n\n\n\n\n\nAlamy \n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Lamb Burger: Cooper-Garrod 2018 Francville Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Santa Cruz Mountains)\n\n\n\nJill Weber, owner of multiple restaurants in Philadelphia\u2014Jet Wine Bar, Rex, Cafe Ynez and Sor Ynez\u2014suggests a wine with a complex nose, vivid fruit flavors and herbal undertone to help stand up to the slight funk of lamb. She opts for an Areni Noir from Armenia when possible. \u201cEspecially if the burger has some feta cheese, which they typically do. The bright cherry and black pepper of an Areni Noir red is a perfect pairing,\u201d she notes.\n\n\n\nIf a bottle like this isn\u2019t available, Wine Enthusiast Senior Tasting Editor Jim Gordon suggests a light style Cabernet Franc, which delivers similar floral and black pepper characteristics.\n\n\n\n\n\nStocksy\n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Traditional Veggie Burger: Venturini Baldini NV Montelocco Lambrusco (Lambrusco dell\u2019Emilia)\n\n\n\nWhen it comes to old-school veggie burgers, the kind where you can see black beans and corn right in the patty, \u201cthere\u2019s still heft and richness, even though it\u2019s vegetarian, so I don\u2019t want anything to add too much weight,\u201d says Ray.\n\n\n\nShe goes for Lambrusco di Sorbara, which hails from Italy\u2019s Emilia-Romagna region. \u201cIt\u2019s not super dark and inky like some Lambrusco,\u201d Ray explains. \u201cIt drinks more like a full-bodied ros\u00e9 or a light-bodied red, with good acidity, refreshing lift and enough acid to cut through a veggie burger.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nStocksy \n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Bison Burger: Lingot Martin NV Cuv\u00e9e Suzanne Pet-Nat Gamay (Vin de France)\n\n\n\nA bison burger is quite lean, so choose a light, slightly fizzy and zippy wine that will complement, rather than overpower it. De Pano recommends a super drinkable Gamay, \u201cwith a light fizz that interplays well with bison\u2019s leanness.\u201d She says sipping the wine is \u201calmost like taking a joyride in a 50s Thunderbird\u2014electric and fun with sour cherry, crunchy red delicious apples, coriander and citrus peel.\u201d For an even better combination that\u2019s celebratory too, Gordon suggests a ros\u00e9 variety.\n\n\n\n\n\nStocksy \n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for a Seafood-Based Burger: Domaine Sigalas 2018 Kavalieros Assyrtiko (Santorini)\n\n\n\nThe Assyrtiko grape is one of the most celebrated native Greek varietals. It originated in Santorini, but is now grown all over Greece. Sipping this with a tuna or salmon burger brings out the citrus, saline flavors of the wine while complementing the relatively delicate flavors of the fish.\n\n\n\n\u201cAssyrtiko has a nice, full mouthfeel, acidic freshness and ample fruit,\u201d says Weber. But it\u2019s the \u201csea kiss\u201d of the wine that makes it a spot-on choice for seafood. Tuna and salmon burgers are often dressed up with bold additions like Sriracha or ginger, and Assyrtiko plays nicely with these zingy, spicy flavors, too.\n\n\n\n\n\nGetty Images \n\n\n\nThe Best Wine for an Impossible or Beyond Meat Burger: Lu & Oly 2021 Untethered Bubbles Sparkling Wine Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, WA)\n\n\n\nGildin was a vegetarian for 21 years, and although he eats burgers on occasion now, he understands the longing for a non-meat, yet meaty, experience.\n\n\n\n\u201cImpossible burgers are new, so it makes sense to choose a wine that is also new,\u201d he says. Gildin suggests a wine that has \u201cbright freshness and white fruit\u201d to \u201ccut through the richness of faux meat.\u201d Gordon likes sparkling wines from Washington, because they embody novelty and are light-bodied. But especially with burgers, don\u2019t be afraid to experiment and play. 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