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Frey Biodynamic® Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 served with teriyaki turkey burgers

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Grilled Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

1 lb ground turkey

1 tbsp fresh grated ginger root

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup pineapple juice

Mix all ingredients for burgers together and set aside.

Thai Coconut Peanut Sauce:

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp vinegar

3 tbsp coconut milk

1/2 tbsp lime juice

1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger root

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor (we used a Ninja which worked well) until smooth. Set aside.

Prepare grill by spraying it with Spectrum high heat Coconut Oil. Form 4 round turkey burger patties and grill 4-5 min per side until cooked through. Burger should not be pink at all. In the last minutes you can add sliced pineapple which can be served on top of the burger along with the coconut peanut sauce, bean sprouts and sliced carrots if desired (recommended!).

Finding a fine wine to pair with such an amazing recipe wasn't easy but we found that going with a bold, fruity cab really hit the mark. Frey Vineyards is a favorite vineyard of ours and we LOVE their 2009 Biodynamic® Cabernet Sauvignon. Find Frey Wines online here!

About Frey Vineyards:

Paul Sr. and Beba Frey grew up a few blocks apart in the gritty New York City of the 1930's and 40's. Paul relished his summer escapes to the Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania. And Beba found bliss each summer on a Catskill Mountains dairy farm. Each vowed to escape the city permanently. They later met and married in medical school. While their family grew, they longed for a life closer to nature and finally settled down in Northern California in the early 1960's on their ranch in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County. The 12 children grew up instilled with love and respect for the natural environment, and picked up gardening, farming, and agricultural skills, as their parents had dreamed. Paul Sr. and Beba rounded out their children’s education by schooling them in the sciences, history, literature, classical arts and music, as well as appreciation for world cuisines paired with wine.

In the late 1960's, Paul and Beba and the older kids planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Gray Riesling on the ranch's old pastureland and sold the fruit to nearby wineries. A decade later, brothers Jonathan and Matthew realized the vineyards' potential when a Cabernet Sauvignon grown by Frey's grapes won a gold medal for a Santa Cruz winery. Frey Vineyards was bonded the next year, in 1980, and soon after became the first organic winery in U.S.

The eldest brother Jonathan and his wife Katrina studied organic agriculture under the tutorship of Alan Chadwick, a green-thumb guru of the California 70's. At the winery's inception, Jonathan introduced high integrity organic practices that are still in place today. Brother Matthew, learned the mechanical and technical skills of the wine business when working at nearby wineries. A final touch to the new winery's credo was that the wine would be made not only from organically grown grapes, but without any added sulfites. In the late 1980's, Paul Frey Jr. returned from the University of California at Santa Cruz to help perfect the techniques for making wine without the synthetic sulfite preservative, and is today the main winemaker. In 1996, Luke Frey spearheaded the conversion of the estate vineyards to biodynamic cultivation, making Frey Vineyards the first producer of certified Demeter Biodynamic® wines in North America.

Many local wineries and grape growers have become certified organic and biodynamic® as well as Frey, for the health of the environment and their customers. Today, a third of all organic grapes in California are grown in Mendocino County, and 15 wineries making wines from organically grown grapes are located there – more than any county in the U.S. The trend of organic grape growing is rapidly spreading in Napa and Sonoma Counties, and across the U.S. Frey Vineyards is the largest of the very few wineries to have taken on the challenge of producing a true organic wine, made with no added sulfites – a practice that is now tradition for this family.

Today, more than 30 years since the founding of Frey Vineyards, many of the 12 children and spouses work for the family business!

Try the turkey burger recipe with the 2009 Biodynamic® Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is more info about the wine:

2009 Biodynamic® Cabernet Sauvignon Redwood Valley, Estate Bottled

Harvested with care from the new West Road Vineyard on the Russian River benchland in Redwood Valley, this Biodynamic® Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented with wild yeasts, preserving the authentic character of that site and the growing season. This Cabernet is full bodied with hints of blueberry and caramel on the nose and pleasant herbaceous tannins in the mouth. It is an elegant wine with a long, lingering finish. Compliments grilled meats and vegetables, blue cheese and chocolate cake. And teriyaki turkey burgers! Enjoy~

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