Entertain/Food / August 16, 2016

Up your grill game with the perfect pairing: Cartlidge & Browne wines and bespoke Cheeseburgers by Cabot Cheese

Cartlidge & Browne wines and Cheeseburgers by Cabot Cheese

It’s grilling season, and our food thoughts turn to cheeseburgers, arguably that most all-American of all American dishes. It struck us that one of our very favorite wines, Cartlidge & Browne, share initials—C&B—with one of our fave foods (CheeseBurgers, get it?) Our friends at Cabot Cheese have inspired us to pair some of their delicious cheeseburger creations with C&B wines.

Cartlidge & Browne wines and Cheeseburgers by Cabot Cheese

But before we get to cheeseburgers and wine, a quick story about Cartlidge & Browne—one of the great American wine success stories. Funny, because the wines were created by a Brit, Tony Cartlidge. Some 30 years ago, Tony was sitting in the cab of a cement mixer on a nuclear power plant construction site in Washington State, reading a book of great California winemakers. He decided that the wine business sounded better than the trucking business, hopped into his 1960s Rambler and headed to Napa Valley.

Cartlidge & Browne, the original garage winery

Tony wrangled himself a job, learned winemaking, loaded up the truck with grapes sourced from top North Coast vineyards and then made one of the most successful wines of the 1980s. Cartlidge & Browne wines continue to be known for their great quality and value. Only in America could a truck-driving Brit with zero experience go on to create a much-loved wine brand, still going strong after 30 years.

We hope you are inspired by the spirit of Cartlidge & Browne, and enjoy these pairings with absolutely delicious cheeseburger recipes from Cabot cheese, another authentic, American original!

Cabot’s Portobello Alpine Beef Cheeseburgers with Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabot’s Portobello Alpine Beef Cheeseburgers with Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon

This recipe combines lean ground beef with chopped Portobello mushrooms and Cabot Alpine Cheddar for a juicy, robust burger. Serve this burger with a bold, dark glass of Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mini Cabot Cheddar Bacon Burgers with Cartlidge & Browne Merlot

Mini Cabot Cheddar Bacon Burgers with Cartlidge & Browne Merlot

Consider these Mini Cheddar Bacon Burgers for your next cookout. Portioned juuust right for single-handed savoring, these sliders pack an impressive amount of flavor into a bite-sized burger. Pair these creations with a dependable, easy-going glass of Cartlidge & Browne Merlot.

Cabot’s Black Bean Veggie Cheeseburgers with Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir

Cabot’s Black Bean Veggie Cheeseburgers with Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir

A meatless meal doesn’t get much easier – or tastier – than this! Mix it up at your next barbecue with this recipe for Black Bean Veggie Cheeseburgers  loaded with sweet potato, black beans, and Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar. Take your dinner to the next level with a glass of Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir.

Cabot’s Easy Moist Turkey Cheeseburgers with Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay

Cabot’s Easy Moist Turkey Cheeseburgers with Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay

Use Cabot’s secret tip for a juicy turkey burger every time – simply add a dollop of Greek yogurt! Try Cabot’s recipe for Easy Moist Turkey Cheeseburgers with a chilled glass of Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay and enjoy!


Once the grill has cooled down, come back and tell us how you liked the recipes and pairings in a comment on this post below.

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