The Famous 50-50 Burger with a complex Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonCharlie Palmer Steak New York
47 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
“The weight and structure of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon holds up enough to balance with the fattiness of the burger, whose patty is 50% bacon and 50% beef. The caramelized onion jam adds a sweet touch which complements the ripe fruit quality in the wine, which has enough oak to stand up to the heavy burger.” — Amanda Streibel, Lead Sommelier
When an American chef as iconic as Charlie Palmer does a burger, he does it right. At the vibrant New York location of his national chain, you can order the aptly named 50-50 Burger, made with equal parts ground bacon and beef. To stand up to the extra fattiness of the bacon-laced patty, Lead Sommelier Amanda Streibel pairs it with an equally bold Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has enough body to hold its own against the modern steakhouse’s sumptuous burger, which is also topped with a savory-sweet caramelized onion jam and Pepper Jack cheese.
About Amanda Steibel – Lead Sommelier
Since September 2016, Amanda has been building a wine list for Charlie Palmer Steak that embodies the modern American steakhouse, targeting smaller boutique producers whose wines portray a distinct sense of place. Her approach plays to the connections between vines across latitudes; by connecting wines from Burgundy to those of Washington State, she is able to provide tasting context and nuance for experts and novices alike. For those wanting the finest wines that America can produce, Amanda has put together a curated list of thoughtful selections from Napa Valley: This unique mix of world-class producers from both classic and modern styles makes it hard to go wrong.
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