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Fire up the Grill! Robert Biale Vineyards 2018 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel and “The Smash Burger”

Hello Friends, 
In case you didn’t know, July happens to be National Grilling Month. Time to fire up the grill, catch some sunshine, and celebrate. If you’re like me, besides getting some grilled (or smoked) deliciousness into your belly, music, a glass of wine or craft cider—have to get that apple a day—and a little relaxation are all part of the experience. I recently had an opportunity to participate in a fun-filled virtual tasting hosted by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) that highlighted some pretty wonderful single-vineyard Zinfandels. As a bonus, each participating winery sent along a grilling recipe to pair with their wine. 

I got the grilling party started with The Fried-Onion Burger recipe by hamburger scholar George Motz. Every Tuesday at Napa Valley’s Robert Biale Vineyards, the winery team grills a slightly modified version of the recipe and calls it The Smash Burger. For me, when it comes to burgers, less is often more, as too many toppings and sauces can ruin an o…

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