Archive for the 'Syrah/Shiraz' Category


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


Hump Wednesday for $24!

Pan Seared Talapia with Black Bean and Corn Salad

If you ask me what my most dreaded domestic question is, I’d have to say “what’s for dinner?” It seems that since I’ve been the dominant cook in my home for as long as I can remember, this question can become very daunting. Often it provokes a snippy response – something like “Can’t you at least ask me how I am, or how my day was before WHAT’S FOR DINNER?”

So, if you’ve experienced the same quandary-question, and want nothing more than to default to the quick frozen meal, top ramen, or box of mac and cheese – I’m here to offer a suggestion. I’m gonna call this weekly post – Hump Wednesday. Each week, I’m going to take a stab at coming up with a beautiful, simple meal that you can prepare quickly, and on a budget. Hopefully one that you’ll enjoy making.

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Vino Tuesday!

I’m the Executive Director of a winery development company in Southern California. A large part of my job is helping our clients define and promote their brands. Today, I’m scheduled to do a podcast for a client – it will be about Syrah. Fortunately for me, Syrah is my favorite wine! So, I thought I’d do an extemporaneous factoid dump on my blog today!

Let me start by saying a Petite Syrah is a totally different grape. Adding to this confusion, several wine producing countries call the Syrah a Shiraz, this is the same grape. More important than the difference in Syrah vs Shiraz, is the difference in where it’s made. Continue reading ‘Vino Tuesday!’

Patrick Bartlett

A conversation about food, wine, and the art of living well!


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