Gamay isn’t one of the most common wines out there, so if you’ve never tried a glass, this is a perfect opportunity to try it alongside a freshly made patty melt. Gamay has notes of things like cherry, strawberry, and plum. And, according to Doreen Winkler, these fruity flavors are ideal for the meaty, savory taste of every patty melt. “The notes of cherry in the wine and the char of the grilled patty would be very complementary towards each other,” Winkler told us.
If you’re preparing a patty melt or something similar like a grilled cheese or a cheeseburger, you can always look for wines with notes of cherry. Aside from Gamay, there are many other wine options with plenty of cherry flavor to balance out the heavy meat and cheese. Pinot Noir is a popular red wine with a prominent cherry taste, as well as other red berries. For something sparkling, you can opt for a Lambrusco, or you could try Lemberger, which has a spicier flavor.