Sutter Home Family Vineyards Announces the Finalist Recipes for the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest

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Finalists to compete for up for $100,000 by finding burger inspirations in everyday favorites from Tex-Mex and Asian cuisine to local food truck and dining experiences.

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“For more than 20 years, the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Contest finalist recipes have amazed us with their originality and flavor, and this year may be the most creative yet,” says Wendy Nyberg, senior director of marketing for Sutter Home.

Sutter Home Family Vineyards is proud to reveal the 10 finalist recipes of the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest, the Napa Valley winery’s search for the nation’s best burger recipe. Finalists from around the country will compete for the $100,000 grand prize for the most mouth-watering beef burger, and $15,000 will go to the winning alternative burger in a cook-off at the Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, Calif. on May 18, 2013.

For more than 20 years, the contest has collected countless delicious burger recipes from around the country, each year revealing new burger trends. The finalist recipes showcase inspiration from contestants’ every day favorite foods. From food truck menu items and football tailgating snacks to breakfast burgers and ethnic cuisine, contestants used their most-loved cuisine to inspire recipes worthy of being named as the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger winning burger.

The five finalists and highlights of their recipes in the beef category include:

7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burger
Recipe by Erin Evenson, Brooklyn, N.Y.
It’s the number 7 subway train that takes Evenson to indulge in her favorite crispy watercress salad in the neighborhood of Woodside in Queens, New York. The 7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burger is her tribute to this “culinary wonder,” with a sweet and spicy green-curry glaze, a little nugget of salty pancetta, creamy minted basil aioli, the crunch of roasted cashews, and a tangle of the watercress salad.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Gewürztraminer

Razzle Dazzle Burger
Recipe by Janette Nowak, Spring, Texas
The Razzle Dazzle Burger was inspired by Nowak and her husband’s love of their local Italian and Tex-Mex restaurants. With fresh raspberry-avocado salsa, a patty with just a touch of heat from chipotle chile, and sweetness of the almost-addictive salted caramel bacon, the burger features a balance between the spicy, sweet, and savory flavors that the Nowaks love in both cuisines.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home White Merlot

Kickin’ Brunch Burger
Recipe by Sharron Pinheiro, Macomb, Mich.
With a husband who is a huge college football fan, Pinheiro realized nothing could be more perfect than a brunch-themed burger to kick off a Saturday tailgate. The Kickin’ Brunch Burger features brunch favorite Bloody Mary in the form of sofrito, along with roasted jalapeño honey aioli's sweet heat.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Gewürztraminer

Grilled Green Tomato Burger
Recipe by Mark Pyne, Sheboygan, Wis.
The Grilled Green Tomato Burger was inspired by Pyne’s love of southern food, especially green tomatoes. His burger is filled with southern comfort ingredients, including grilled green tomatoes, garlic lemon mayonnaise, shoestring fries, and homemade BBQ sauce.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc

Korean-Hawaiian Taco Truck Burger
Recipe by Katie Sherrill, Edmonds, Wash.
Sherrill and her husband happily wait in the long lines at a popular Korean-Hawaiian taco truck in Seattle, where they indulge in kalbi or bulgogi tacos, SPAM® sliders and musubi. The Korean-Hawaiian Taco Truck Burger was inspired by these favorite menu items, including SPAM and kalbi, along with Korean ingredients such as chile paste roasted seaweed snacks.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon

The five finalists competing for the $15,000 prize in the alternative category include:

Better than Breakfast in Bed Burger
Recipe by Kim Jones, Bloomingdale, Ill.
Jones has always loved savory breakfast food, and combined her favorites to create the Better than Breakfast in Bed Burger. The burger features juicy, seasoned pork with a spicy and sweet maple Sriracha mayo and topped with a sunny-side-up egg.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Pinot Grigio

Smoky Sweet Salmon Slider
Recipe by Kathy Keithline, Parker, Colo.
Inspired by a memorable entree of salmon with mashed potatoes at a restaurant near Evergreen, Colo., Keithline created the Smoky Sweet Salmon Slider with flavors from that dish. The slider features a creamy dill spread, a patty made of wild-caught coho salmon, a maple glaze and crispy potato sticks.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Gewürztraminer

Lamb Burger with Mango Chutney Mayo and Minted Romaine
Recipe by Cheryl Lundquist, Wake Forest, N.C.
Lundquist loves experimenting with unique flavor combinations, and the Lamb Burger with Mango Chutney Mayo and Minted Romaine is one of her favorite concoctions. The burger features a tangy goat cheese, slightly spicy cherry peppers, crisp minted lettuce, and sweet mango.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Moscato

Lemon-Scented “Salmon-icious” Burger
Recipe by Helen Mariscal, Artesia, N.M.
After receiving a gift of fresh salmon, Mariscal began creating a variety of salmon dishes and decided to try salmon burgers. After some trial and error and many changes to the recipe, she created the Lemon-Scented “Salmon-icious” Burger, which features a zesty dill spread and a New Mexico red chile bun glaze.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home White Zinfandel

Indian Lamb Burger
Recipe by Mark Richardson, Snohomish, Wash.
Richardson was inspired by his love for Indian spices and flavors to create the Indian Lamb Burger. The burger’s unique taste of lamb is accentuated with Indian spices such as cumin and coriander, along with a tahini pistachio mayonnaise.

Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Merlot

“For more than 20 years, the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Contest finalist recipes have amazed us with their originality and flavor, and this year may be the most creative yet,” says Wendy Nyberg, senior director of marketing for Sutter Home. “Sutter Home is passionate about pairing our wines with burgers and we think these finalist recipes will be perfect for the next backyard BBQ, or even inspire a new tradition of hosting a burger contest among friends and family.”

The winning beef and alternative burgers will be selected at the May 18th cook-off by a panel of judges. Past judges have included such icons as Iron Chef Cat Cora, chef and restaurant owner Thomas Keller, and celebrity chef and restaurateur Art Smith. The judges for this year’s contest will be announced in February. Burgers will be judged on originality, creativity and taste.

Burger enthusiasts can also take the “What’s Your Burger Personality?” quiz by visiting http://www.buildabetterburger.com/burgers/quiz to learn what kind of burger fits your personality, from a “Type-A Burger” to a “Hipster Burger.” The results reveal a delicious burger recipe from Sutter Home’s archive of thousands of entries to the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® competitions, along with the perfect wine pairing to fit your burger personality.

Sutter Home is excited to feature the sponsors of the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest, including KING’S HAWAIIAN®, Wholly Guacamole, The Beef Checkoff, a producer-funded marketing and research program designed to increase demand for beef; The California Milk Advisory Board, representing Real California dairy products with the Real California Milk and Real California Cheese seals; and Kitchen Aid.

As new sponsors for the 2013 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest which begins on April 1, 2013, Weber-Stephen Products LLC and Kettle Brand® Chips will be present at the May 18, 2013 cook-off to help kick-off the 2013 contest.

To access past Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® recipes, along with wine pairing suggestions, visit http://www.buildabetterburger.com. The website also includes information on past winners and judges, and details of the contest.

About Sutter Home
Sutter Home Family Vineyards is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The Trinchero Family Estates portfolio includes more than 30 brands such as Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, SeaGlass, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. TFE markets and sells Joel Gott Wines; Charles & Charles wines; and the Three Thieves group of wines: Bandit, Newman’s Own, and The SHOW. TFE’s import portfolio includes Angove Wines from Australia; Doña Paula wines from Argentina; Carmen Wines from Chile; Shatter Wines from France; and CRUZ and Tres Agaves Tequilas from Mexico. Visit http://www.sutterhome.com to learn more.

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707-963-5928 ext. 2160 nfeeley(at)tfewines(dot)com

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