“The Burger Royale is everything you want from an all-American burger. It is rich, delicious—it needs a big wine that can stand up to it. A Napa Cabernet Sauvignon pairs perfectly. Notes of lush black fruit marry with wet tobacco and cedar to create a flavor that’s as big and juicy as the burger. They just work together.” — David Kravitz, Corporate Beverage Manager
The Smith is a New York City institution whose forte is consistently well-executed classic bistro fare—including its show-stopping, double-meat patty Burger Royale. Topped with local American cheese, apple-smoked bacon, and The Smith’s secret 50/50 Sauce, it’s meant to pair perfectly with a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The intensely fruit-forward wine compliments the extra beefiness of the double patty, while its woodsier tobacco and cedar notes amplify the flavor of the apple-smoked bacon.
A testament to The Smith’s dedication to quality ingredients and a thoughtful beverage program, this home-run flavor combination can be found at any of The Smith’s four Manhattan locations.
About David Kravitz – Corporate Beverage Manager
A life-long New Yorker, David has worked in restaurants since he was a teenager. He spent years bartending at some of New York’s busiest bars and finest cocktail establishments. During the course of his career he fell in love with wine and how it reflects different corners of the world at particular moments in time. He is affiliated with both the American Sommelier Association and Court of Master Sommeliers. He was a semifinalist in the Best Sommelier in America competition in both 2009 and 2011. For David, the quality and consistency of Napa Valley wines represent a benchmark that few regions in the world can continually produce.
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