$15 or less
WHAT : Deakin Estate Shiraz 2005 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Victoria, Australia
WHY : This Aussie has versatility written all over it (not literally). That allows it to face up to the burger's demands. The heft of the meat, the sweetness of the ketchup and relish, the bite of the onion, the tang of the pickle: Deak's got it all covered. This leaner style of Aussie Shiraz knows where the meat is.
PRICE : 750 ml/$12.15
AVAILABILITY : At most liquor stores (product #560821)
WHAT : Caves des Papes Ctes du Rhne 2005 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Rhne, France
WHY : Okay, say the first thing that comes into your mind when I say burgers... Grenache from France? Absolutely. Here's an easy-to-find, satisfying example blended with Syrah. Grenache is a very generous, lush style of grape that will give your hamburg the love it needs.
PRICE : 750 ml/$15.15
AVAILABILITY : At selected liquor stores (product #535849)
Sips and nips
WHAT : Walkerville Lager Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Windsor, Ontario
WHY : It's been brought to my attention that people are frequently accompanying their burgers not with wine but with beer. Ain't that a kick in the head? Any burgers -- beef or veggie -- would be proud to be seen with this balanced, tasteful and tasty lager on their arm.
PRICE : 12 X 341 ml/$20.90
AVAILABILITY : At the Beer Store and selected liquor stores (product #910505)