The crown jewel

Pairs well with:

Sauvignon Blanc

With hints of passion fruit, melon, and citrus, this wine beckons you to kick back and find a perfect porch swing.


2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 pounds fresh ground sirloin
1/4 cup Sutter Home Savignon Blanc
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup finely minced vidalia onion
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
3 cloves freshly crushed garlic
2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grey poupon mustard
2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
12 slices pancetta bacon cooked till crisp
6 large sourdough sandwich rolls, split
6 slices horseradish cheese
6 butter lettuce leaves
6 (1/4-inch-thick) large heirloom tomato slices
6 extra-thin vidalia onion slices, separated into rings



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the patties, wash very clean hands in very cold water for a few minutes and then begin, in a large chilled bowl combine the ground sirloin with Sutter Home Savignon Blanc add crushed red pepper flakes, minced vidalia onion, honey, crushed garlic, orange zest, grey poupon mustard, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Handling the meat as little as possible, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls Once the patties have been shaped, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 12-14 minutes before placing burgers on the hot grill. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium (internal temp 160 F). During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a cheese slice. To assemble the burgers, spread the mayonnaise over the cut sides of the rolls. On each roll bottom, place a lettuce leaf, a patty, a tomato slice, an onion slice, and two slices of crisp pancetta. Add the roll tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers