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Lamb Burger Wednesday!!!

My good friend in Sacramento just sent me the following suggestions for Lamb Burgers!!! I had to post it verbatim because it sounds fantastic! Add a Greek salad, or my favorite grilled vegetables, and you have a feast. I LOVE LAMB and this is calling to me… How about you?

Complements of Brian in Sacramento:

“Not so much of a question, but over the past couple of years we’ve “discovered” ground lamb as a great substitute for ground beef.  We use it pretty much in any recipe where we would normally use ground beef (ie, spaghetti, meatloaf, etc.).  Our favorite usage of it, though, is “lamb-burgers”.  We will mix the ground lamb with crumbled feta cheese, ground cinnamon, and whatever other herbs and spices we have laying around–usually coriander, parsley, maybe fresh mint, crushed rosemary, salt, etc.  We form this into hamburger-sized patties and grill them just like hamburgers.  Serve this in a hamburger bun with a little bit of greek yogurt mixed with dill or just eat the burger by itself.”

Wine Pairing – Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Cabernet


Mailbag Tuesday – tannins and tummy-aches

Question: Does oaking result in tannins? Is that why oaked chardonnays sometimes hurt my tummy, as do oaked reds, like cabernet? Kevin, WA

Answer: Yes, tannins are found in Oak. Generally wine gets tannins in two ways – the skin, seeds and stems from the grapes (fruit) and oak. Chardonnay, and to a lesser degree Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Simillion, make up the white wine family that will often have some oak tannins, however, no white wines are fermented with their skins, seeds and stems, so they never get tannins from these sources. All red wines, sans roses, spend some time on oak, therefore they have tannins as a result of the fruit and the wood. One thing to remember – the softer tannins come from the wood and the harsher tannins come from the fruit. Cabernet is one of the more tannic of the red wines. Pinot Noirs tend to be less tannic.

Regarding Stomach Upset: Caffeine and tannin can cause stomach upset by stimulating the production of gastric acid. Lots more can be said about tannins, and they are found in teas, coffees, fruits, nuts, and many other foods. They are also the reason red wines are good for the heart, since (put very simply) the acid structure in them helps minimize plaque build up in the arteries.

Patrick Bartlett

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