4 Organic Wines Paired with Summer Burgers

By Maris Callahan for DietsInReview.com

There are a lot of ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint when you’re throwing a party, including composting your leftovers, recycling, and buying locally grown produce – fruits and vegetables that haven’t been shipped halfway around the world.

Another way to do your part to help the planet is by serving organic wine. Contrary to popular belief, organic wine is actually no healthier for you than conventional wine, but it is better for the planet.

“Organic winemaking is the emphasis on growing grapes with natural remedies and enhancements instead of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides,” said Erica Witte, owner of The Poison Cup, a wine and art boutique in Chicago. “Anyone who is concerned about the planet’s lack of potable water should consider trading traditional wines for organic,” Witte said. “It’s also perfect for anyone skeptical of FDA-approved pesticides or fertilizers.”

Not only are organic grapes farmed using more sustainable methods than conventional grapes, organic wine is free of sulfites, which some wine-drinkers like to avoid.

On the Fourth of July, when many people serve cans of beer that will eventually wind up in the recycling bin, serve bottles of organic wine instead or in addition to your usual libations. We’ve chosen a few organic wines that pair with a few favorite, healthier burger recipes that will allow for a delicious and guilt-free summer celebration.

Southwest Turkey Burger with Avocado:
Sink your teeth into a lean turkey burger paired with a glass of Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour by Domaine Carneros. The full-bodied blush bubbly has an elegant, yet simple flavor with hints of raspberries and red cherries that will cut through the rich flavors of the avocado. In 2008, the winery received organic certification of all Estate vineyards by the California Certified Organic Farmers (ARV $35).

Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions:
Watching your weight (and your carbon footprint) doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the occasional burger. You can always pair a rich cheeseburger made of lean, grass-fed beef with full-bodied red wine, a 2008 Cono Sur Chardonnay Colchagua will stand up to the beef and cheese. It’s crisp, lightly oaked and made with organic grapes (ARV $8.99).

Mile High Veggie Burger:
A pure, simple vegetable-based burger needs a wine that is equally crisp and clean. 2009 Yellow + Blue Torrontes is produced in a dry valley of the Andes mountains, which is an area that lends itself well to organic vineyard practices. The wine has fresh aromas of peach and pineapple with a nice acidity that will stand up to, but not overwhelm, a veggie burger (ARV $12).

Mediterranean Style Burger with Caper Yogurt Sauce and Portobello:
With supple tannins and notes of red fruits and citrus, 2007 Girasole Vineyards Mendocino Pinot Noir is an easy drinking red wine that hails from 45-year-old organically farmed vines in the Redwood Valley in California. It’s smooth body pairs nicely with the flavor and spice in this lighter Mediterranean-style burger (ARV $12).

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Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

So I went looking for a few of these for sale quickly on the web and didn't have a lot of luck, but I'll keep trying. Thanks for the post.

pat B.
pat B6 years ago

Trader Joe's now has Green Fin wine which is a cab made from organic grapes . 4 bucks ! What I like is NO hangover .

Laura S.
Laura S6 years ago

There is no such thing as "sulfite-free" wine, except by an accident of nature. Sulfites occur naturally in all grapes, whether or not the grapes are organically grown. Anyone who says differently is incorrect. U.S. wine labels are only required to disclose the presence of sulfites when they exceed 10 ppm, but they are always present. Merely in a lesser amount.

Here is a brief overview of maximum amounts of sulfites allowed in different classes of wines.
•Organic Wine: Under 10 ppm naturally occurring sulfite
•Biodynamic Wine: 100 ppm added sulfite
•“Made with Organic Grapes” wine: 150 ppm added sulfite
•All wine: 350 ppm added sulfite

Currently USDA certified organic wine is not allowed to contain added sulfites, or more than 10 ppm (parts per million) of naturally occurring sulfites. There is a movement afoot to allow makers of organic wines to add sulfites to their products. If you're allergic, or even sensitive, to sulfites, you should be keeping watch on this movement.

Lisa B.
Elizabeth B6 years ago


Nicole D.
Nicole D6 years ago

The only vegetarian burger "recipe" is heat up a veggie burger. Put on bun and top with lettuce, tomato, and ketchup. REALLY?! I mean seriously...really?! I would have liked to see a little bit more effort. I mean, if you're going to take the time to search the web for a veggie burger recipe and then provide a link at least it could have been better. Watch, I can do a better job in 30 seconds:


(This one is raw vegan and looks AMAZING and probably tastes 100% better than a frozen cardboard veggie burger)

That being said I think the wine pairings are great!

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T6 years ago

good article..

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel6 years ago

Interesting! Thanks.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Danuta W.
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for the article