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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Friday
Aug202010

Food-Pairing Friday: Lamb Burgers

Lamb burgers with mint and pistachio salsa verde by Brooke Burton of Food Woolf.I love to cook, and cook up a storm. I have no problem with whipping up a batch of homemade tagliatelle on a Thursday night, or two-day slow-cooked smoked Carolina-style pulled pork. But sometimes I want dinner to be simple, to leave more time for lounging on the patio (in our case a tiny cement space between our bungalow and our neighbors) inhaling the fresh sea air and less time standing over a steaming sink of dishes. Which is why I so love this lamb burger with mint and pistachio salsa verde recipe from my dear friend Brooke over at Food Woolf. It's savory, summery and super easy.

But what do you pair it with? I vote for Mencía, the Spanish grape variety that K&L's Keith Mabry describes as "the lovechild of a Cabernet Franc from Chinon and a spicier, meatier Pinot Noir from the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy." The 2007 Castro Ventosa "El Castro de Valtuille" Mencía Joven Bierzo, at $12.99, is priced perfectly for burger night but, like the lamb burger, delivers so much more than that moniker implies. It comes from the Perez family holdings in the Spanish DO of Bierzo, from their youngest vines (20- 40-years-old) and is a great introduction to the grape. Mulchy, garrigue-like aromas complement the dark, sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit on the nose and palate, as well as the nuttiness and minty freshness of the salsa verde on the burger. Its seamless texture, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity will help it stand up to the slight gaminess of the lamb without overpowering it, but it's not so heady as to wear on the simplicity of the meal. Ah, weekends.

What are some of your favorite lamb pairings?

Leah Greenstein

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