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The second quarter class list is out for Kitchenware Outfitters. Click here to see the lineup. My final solo class of the quarter is designed to make your backyard entertaining a breeze
Tired of ho-hum lean ground beef and burned burgers? This class is part ramping up the backyard burger and part a grilling seminar with the Big Green Egg and Weber charcoal grills.
June 7, Beyond Beef on a Bun, $45: Just in time for your summer grilling, I fire up KWO's Big Green Egg and Weber grill to take the burger beyond plain old beef on a bun. I'll offer Chipotle Pork Cheeseburgers, Andouille and Beef Burger with Spicy Mayo and Caramelized Onions, and Turkey Burgers with Tomato Chutney, Olives and Feta. I will also grill up a variety of other burger toppings and accompaniments. And because nothing is more perfect with a burger than a good beer, I'll give you a taste of some of my favorite beers that are perfect for summer refreshment.
Call the store for more info, 356.1117.
Get Uncorked tickets now, they sell out fast!
This year's Savannah Uncorked wine event will be held at the Savannah Golf Club on Friday, June 22 from 7-10 p.m.
The event honors John Manly and Megan Usher Manly who were in a car wreck the day before their wedding and were deeply impacted by the care provided at MUMC. Proceeds support the life-saving services at Memorial's Level 1 trauma center, critical care units and rehabilitation program.
Tickets will sell out fast for this exciting wine exhibition, gourmet food pairing, wine-themed silent auction and live band.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online by clicking "Events' at www.memorialhealth.com/foundation. Contact Brynn Bruno for details on sponsorships at 350.6381 or email her at email@example.com
Castoro Cellars 2010 Zinfusion
I have been a proponent of wines from the Paso Robles appellation since I tasted my first, a red blend from Vina Robles some 5 years ago.
Since then, I've continued to explore Paso wines. In fact, in 2010, 80 percent of the new wines I wrote about came from this distinctive region. The region shows no signs of slowing down, as wine makers continue to explore different varietals and put the terroir to the test.
However, the rush to get on the Paso bandwagon has fueled some duds. I'm far more critical of Paso wines now - and insist on spending time with a wine from the area before passing judgment.
Castoro Cellars is a new label to me. It's a husband and wife venture - Niels and Bimmer Udsen - who first met when he was 8, she 6. As these stories so often go, a shared love of wine fueled the relationship and helped launch the label. Castoro - "beaver" in Italian - is Niels' nickname and also serves as catalyst for the tongue in cheek slogan "Dam Fine Wine."
The backstory makes wine interesting to me, but doesn't make up for bad winemaking. Rest assured, the Udsen's have no need to apologize.
Zinfusion blends the best of the harvest from three vineyards: Cobble Creek, Whale Rock and Shell Creek. Closely monitored viticulture and prime growing conditions combine to make these grapes intense.
The final blend is a spot-on taste of Zin at its very finest.
Aroma: Vanilla and spice. Deep, ripe, red fruits.
Taste: Jammy, bold and still balanced. Linger with this wine in the glass to explore its complexity. Tannins offer a gentle finish for such a bold wine. MSRP $24.
92 points: "Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve Zinfusion is a Zin lover's dream: Big, bold, jammy...yet beautifully balanced and imminently drinkable. Enjoy with smoked or grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes in red sauces and wild game."
Read the definitions of my scoring standards here.