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LAST Wednesday marked National Burger Day which left me wondering what will they think of next? LAST Wednesday marked National Burger Day which left me wondering what will they think of next? I didn't celebrate such a monumental milestone with a burger - it's not that I've got anything against them but I prefer to devour a quality patty in my own time and not when a marketeer tells us we should. I'm a bit like that about Valentine's too as the annually disappointed other half will testify.

I didn't celebrate such a monumental milestone with a burger - it's not that I've got anything against them but I prefer to devour a quality patty in my own time and not when a marketeer tells us we should. I'm a bit like that about Valentine's too as the annually disappointed other half will testify.

Anyway, on August 27 I was lucky enough to be in Italy celebrating national pizza day/week/year/decade.

Anyway, on August 27 I was lucky enough to be in Italy celebrating national pizza day/week/year/decade.

Some wine PR companies contacted me on the back of the aforementioned day (and summer in general) suggesting their (or their clients') wines were the perfect accompaniment to burgers and barbecues. To me, if a wine goes well with a burger it's going to sit comfortably with most red meats whether grilled, roasted or stewed.

Some wine PR companies contacted me on the back of the aforementioned day (and summer in general) suggesting their (or their clients') wines were the perfect accompaniment to burgers and barbecues. To me, if a wine goes well with a burger it's going to sit comfortably with most red meats whether grilled, roasted or stewed.

So, somewhat belatedly, I decided to try some of the burger/barbecue suggestions - and frankly I'm glad I did.

So, somewhat belatedly, I decided to try some of the burger/barbecue suggestions - and frankly I'm glad I did.

First up is Finca Constancia 2011 made by Spanish wine giant Gonzalez Byass around the historic city of Toledo, just south of Madrid.

First up is Finca Constancia 2011 made by Spanish wine giant Gonzalez Byass around the historic city of Toledo, just south of Madrid.

The company, formed in 1836 by a Senor Gonzalez and his English agent Mr Byass, is best known for its sherry and particularly the famous Tio Pepe. In fact the Gonzalez family - which assumed sole control of the business in 1988 - were a lot more than just sherry makers; they introduced polo to Spain, along with the country's first grass tennis court, electric lighting, running water and trains and had their bodega constructed by tower builder Gustav Eiffel.

The company, formed in 1836 by a Senor Gonzalez and his English agent Mr Byass, is best known for its sherry and particularly the famous Tio Pepe. In fact the Gonzalez family - which assumed sole control of the business in 1988 - were a lot more than just sherry makers; they introduced polo to Spain, along with the country's first grass tennis court, electric lighting, running water and trains and had their bodega constructed by tower builder Gustav Eiffel.

It's an impressive CV but how good is Finca Constancia 2011? The answer is very good as It's an impressive CV but how good is Finca Constancia 2011? The answer is very good as LAST Wednesday marked National Burger Day which left me wondering what will they think of next? LAST Wednesday marked National Burger Day which left me wondering what will they think of next? I didn't celebrate such a monumental milestone with a burger - it's not that I've got anything against them but I prefer to devour a quality patty in my own time and not when a marketeer tells us we should. I'm a bit like that about Valentine's too as the annually disappointed other half will testify.

I didn't celebrate such a monumental milestone with a burger - it's not that I've got anything against them but I prefer to devour a quality patty in my own time and not when a marketeer tells us we should. I'm a bit like that about Valentine's too as the annually disappointed other half will testify.

Anyway, on August 27 I was lucky enough to be in Italy celebrating national pizza day/week/year/decade.

Anyway, on August 27 I was lucky enough to be in Italy celebrating national pizza day/week/year/decade.

Some wine PR companies contacted me on the back of the aforementioned day (and summer in general) suggesting their (or their clients') wines were the perfect accompaniment to burgers and barbecues. To me, if a wine goes well with a burger it's going to sit comfortably with most red meats whether grilled, roasted or stewed.

Some wine PR companies contacted me on the back of the aforementioned day (and summer in general) suggesting their (or their clients') wines were the perfect accompaniment to burgers and barbecues. To me, if a wine goes well with a burger it's going to sit comfortably with most red meats whether grilled, roasted or stewed.

So, somewhat belatedly, I decided to try some of the burger/barbecue suggestions - and frankly I'm glad I did.

So, somewhat belatedly, I decided to try some of the burger/barbecue suggestions - and frankly I'm glad I did.

First up is Finca Constancia 2011 made by Spanish wine giant Gonzalez Byass around the historic city of Toledo, just south of Madrid.

First up is Finca Constancia 2011 made by Spanish wine giant Gonzalez Byass around the historic city of Toledo, just south of Madrid.

The company, formed in 1836 by a Senor Gonzalez and his English agent Mr Byass, is best known for its sherry and particularly the famous Tio Pepe. In fact the Gonzalez family - which assumed sole control of the business in 1988 - were a lot more than just sherry makers; they introduced polo to Spain, along with the country's first grass tennis court, electric lighting, running water and trains and had their bodega constructed by tower builder Gustav Eiffel.

The company, formed in 1836 by a Senor Gonzalez and his English agent Mr Byass, is best known for its sherry and particularly the famous Tio Pepe. In fact the Gonzalez family - which assumed sole control of the business in 1988 - were a lot more than just sherry makers; they introduced polo to Spain, along with the country's first grass tennis court, electric lighting, running water and trains and had their bodega constructed by tower builder Gustav Eiffel.

It's an impressive CV but how good is Finca Constancia 2011? The answer is very good as
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