Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Glass Raise A

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Glass Raise A

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I MADE burgers the other day. I needed burgers for the barbie. There weren't any in the shops. I could have flattened meatballs, but I felt sorry for them, sitting there pert and plump and perfect and expectant. I would have felt like I'd squashed a fly.

So I made some. Perfect timing too. As this coming Wednesday, t'internet tells me, is National Burger Day. (Not for the first time, I'm in fashion. I was the first in my class to get a Bay City Rollers scarf.) I was fine making the burgers, cooking them on the new-fangled barbie kettle thing was, shall we say, frazzling.

If you want to follow my burger barbie trend I suggest you choose wines with a smoky overtone and a spicy "bite".

The SPAR Rioja La Catedral (PS5.59) won a Silver Outstanding Award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition a few weeks ago. Its intense red berries firmly flamenco with a burger no matter how burned it is. (I should know).

Over at the Baron Ley Rioja Reserva Co-op, some red deals this month should add spark to your sparks. Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2009 (PS7.99, was PS10.99). Another award-winner. It picked up a bronze at this year's Decanter awards, where judges described it as having a "voluptuous nose of raspberry, redcurrant and plum with a hint of earthiness and sweet spice". You know that really tomatoey and spicy jalapeno pickle you can get? Gives a kiss of life to a black-rimmed burger, and partners with this rioja perfectly. American oak in the ageing process has added coconut and toffee aromas to this lovely Spanish wine. Ole.

The Co-operative Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 (PS12.99, was PS15.99). Four grapes make up this blend; grenache, syrah, mourvedre and cinsault and the Co-op has sourced the wine from the cellars of Ogier, makers of the iconic Clos de l'Oratoire des Pape (I found a bottle online at Sainsbury's for PS20. …

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