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April 14, 2023 | All, Food & Wine, Pinot Noir Recipe, Recipes, Spring Recipe | Fort Ross

2021 Top of Land Pinot Noir & Italian Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach

Spring 2023 selections: Italian Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach

Fire up the grill and open a bottle of the 2021 Top of Land Pinot Noir.

Recipe by Grace Parisi via Food & Wine Magazine


10 ounces baby spinach

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)


1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausages (or a combination of both), casings removed

4 slices of provolone cheese

1/4 cup sun-dried-tomato pesto

4 round ciabatta rolls, split and toasted


1. In a large skillet, bring 1/4 inch of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 1 minute; drain and press out as much water as possible. Wipe out the skillet.

2. In the same skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook over high heat, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the spinach, season with salt and stir just until coated, about 10 seconds.

3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Using slightly moistened hands, form the sausage meat into four 4-inch patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Brush the burgers with oil and grill over moderate heat until browned and crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the burgers. Top with the cheese and grill until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes longer. Spread the pesto on the rolls. Top with the burgers and spinach and serve.

Pair with our 2021 Top of Land Pinot Noir »

Why It Works 

The intensely concentrated dark fruit flavors of our 2021 Top of Land Pinot Noir provide a pleasing contrast to the spicy and savory characteristics of the Italian sausage.  


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