October 27, 2020
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WINE O’CLOCK: Raise a glass to the great Irish burger

Our society has strange values and it’s a sign of them that the lockdown re-openings which created the most excitement were Penneys and McDonald’s.

That’s not a criticism – my own priority was the Premier League.

I guess those who rushed to the Big Mac queue were aware that yesterday (June 25) was National Burger Day.  The event raised money for the Simon Community and the organisers will be selecting Ireland’s top burger  restaurant.

If you missed out, don’t worry. It’s never too late to enjoy a good burger.  If you are dining at home, you might want to accompany it with a nice glass of red wine.

You won’t get a better pairing than one of the Dadá wines from Argentina. They number them from one to eight but I have only ever seen four of them.

They are all nice blends. No 1 is essentially a Malbec and is particularly good  with lamb and spicy food; excellent with Indian curries.

No 2 is a Merlot blend, with blackberry and cassis flavours. Good with a casserole and with cheese.

Shiraz, Syrah and Cabernet grapes go into the No 3 blend. It is nicely oaked and has flavours of cinnamon, coconut and liquorice.  It’s light enough to enjoy with chicken and perfect with duck or pork.

My personal favourite is No 8.  It says ‘chocolate’ on the label and that perfectly describes, not so much the flavour, as the texture and the aroma. It’s  a soft Malbec blend and, if I fancy a glass of red wine just by itself, this is the one I’ll  turn to.

Dadá wines cost around a tenner at Dunnes, SuperValu, Tesco, Centra, and most off-licences.

And, yes … they all go well with burgers.

MICHAEL WOLSEY

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