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Berger + Burger

It's been right in front of us the whole time.

Photo: Justin Oba

Photo: Justin Oba


Lemberger is a Kiona classic. People have said forever that the name is bad. We get it. 

But you know what? It pairs exceptionally well with burgers. We've said so for years but somehow the neurons never fired in a way that put two and two together. The wine, almost literally, has its ideal pairing built into the name: 



It's literally been right in front of us for 40 years. 

So we reached out to some folks that know a lot about burgers: Scott and Heather of Uneeda Burger in Seattle. They tasted the wine and agreed; this pairing is the real deal. They even provided us this recipe to share with the Kiona faithful.


Uneeda’s Bison Burger
Recipe By Chef Scott Staples

  • 1 Brioche Bun
  • 1 6oz Bison Patty
  • 2 Tbls- Mayonnaise
  • 1 slice of Beecher’s cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices of Crispy Bacon
  • 1/4 cup of Red Onion Jam (recipe follows) 


Red Onion Jam

Makes 2 cups, leftovers keep for up to one week in the refrigerator

  • 2lbs Red Onion
  • 1/8 Cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Sherry Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Thyme 
  • Salt and pepper

Procedure: Julienne the red onions. Add all ingredients except the vinegar, thyme, and salt and pepper to a pot and simmer slowly over a medium low heat stirring regularly until the onions are very soft and turn heat off.

Then immediately add all other ingredients and season to taste stirring gently until everything is incorporated and seasoned appropriately.

Let cool overnight for best results.

Bee tee dubs, the 2018 Estate Red Mountain Lemberger is one of Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Best Buys of 2020

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