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    Notes - September 2, 2015

    Photo: (L to R) Mark Donaldson, Chris Churchill and Brad Barker pontificating on all things wine and music

    Once a month, Chris Churchill, Mark Donaldson and Brad Barker educate and entertain us as they talk about what is happening in the world of fine wine and music. And of course, they drink while they entertain. On this episode, Chris, Mark and Brad talk about d'Arenberg The Stump Jump White Blend 2014, McLaren Vale, Australia, First Press Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, USA, Angove Cross Stitch Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, McLaren Vale, Australia, and Casa Silva Gran Terroir Los Lingues Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile.

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    Grilled Parmesan Turkey Burgers

    These are easy to prepare and make a great mid-week dinner. They have a lot of flavour and taste amazing with simple toppings like tomato and red onion. If you need more cheese try using something other than cheddar - brie or Bergeron are terrific.

    We use the high fibre burger buns from Cobbs dressed with a little mayo and mustard as well.


    1 lb ground Turkey
    1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
    1 Tbs chopped fresh chives
    1/4 cup bread crumbs
    2 Tbs olive oil
    Freshly ground pepper to taste
    1/2 tsp salt

    Mix all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Fold the meat over gently with a spoon or your hands until well mixed.

    Make four equal sized patties (hint - with your thumb, make a small dent in the top of the burger for better cooking results).

    Cook turkey burgers over medium high heat until well charred on the outside and cooked through completely. Dress with your favourite topping and bun. Serve immediately.

    You can substitute other hard cheeses like Grana or Pecarino Romano for Parmigiano-Reggiano, but don’t use the 100% grated ‘Parmesan’ cheese that comes in the green shaker.

    Goes great with almost any style of wine. Match the toppings, not the burger. Blue cheese with a big red, sautéed onions with a medium, fruity red, guacamole with Chardonnay etc.

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