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Tuna Burgers

Burgers these days don’t always have to rely on beefy goodness, often you find burgers that are based on poultry or fish. I’m not going to crown any thing a "veggie burger" yet, that might take me a few more years.

I have had more than my share of grilled tuna “burgers” and even burgers from chopped up tuna that’s been pressed into a patty. If I am going to pony up the cash for a tuna burger, I want a nice slab of tuna, black and blue please.

A simple preparation of grilled tuna on a toasted hamburger bun topped with a touch of smoked chipotle and sun-dried tomato spread sounds about right to me, and it’s a perfect sandwich to pair with a nice, lusty Pinot Noir. Yes, we all know that Pinot Noir matches well with tuna. The wine and fish share a delicacy of texture and subtlety of flavor that make them sing together.

Two To try:

Mud House Pinot Noir

Schug Pinot Noir

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
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    It's not summer at my house unless there's a (1L) bottle of Gruner in the fridge, waiting for us to work our way to the bottom and open another. Pratsch is another good, inexpensive one (it and Hofer are my go-tos) and it's organic. But I'll take a chilled Cotes du Ventoux or CdR with that Sausage, and a value-priced Bordeaux blend (cab-ish, but not dramatic) with my burger. I'd go a rose, even from Pinot, with the tuna, and something like a N. Rhone syrah--but the inexpensive kind from Crozes-Hermitage, or a generic Collines Rhodaniennes, with my portobello.

    Just my choices, and yours are darn good, too! Maybe I'll put them to a choice at our Monday cookout.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM


  • Gregory, you depict a selection of wines "that real people can afford" as "slumming." The norm on this site is to recommend wines that never appear in a market outside of a few twee urban enclaves, and rarely priced less than $30 a bottle, as desirable choices. So, your excellancy, thanks for condescending to rubes like me. We are so indebted to you for your occasional ventures into the slums.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Sorry DJ, but that's a stretch so say the least. I've been a big proponent of affordable, findable wines though I sometimes veer off into the esoteric for balance. In the last few weeks I've reported on Chilean Carmenere, Grenache from around the world and New Zealand Pinot Noir; wines not exactly out of the mainstream.

    I also try and add some humor to what I write, occasionally using a vernacular that some people seem to take far too seriously. Much like wine.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:41 PM


  • I love the banter, but I really enjoy finding great deals even better. Francis Coppola's Pinot at 18.99 is a little pricey, but I find it on sale often around the 12.99 -14.99 range and get several bottles at a time when that happens. Sometimes you just have to be vigilant to find better quality wines on sale, look at the bottom shelf, check the top shelf, you would be surprised whats there. Regards.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM


  • Snooth User: yenmore
    495380 32

    a recipe for the chipotle and sun dried tomato spread, please?

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM


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