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Wine & Food is Art, Not Science

Wine should always be enjoyable and approachable. It’s an intimidating subject to many people, but it doesn’t have to be. So when it comes to pairing wine and food, I like to have fun with it. And if you love food and wine as much as I do, here are some general pointers to keep in mind when you’re ordering a bottle of wine at dinner, entertaining guests, or simply looking to pair your take-out dumplings and Netflix binge with a crisp glass of vino.
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Recent Articles

Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine

Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking about Brazilian cuisine. Coffee, fruit drinks, cachaça, and beer are all more traditional and have longer histories with the...
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Unpretentious Wine Pairings: Cheese Product

Sorry, turophile. One day you may find yourself trapped in a big, scary, artisanal food desert. Fear not, for there is a silver lining. Such a case scenario presents the perfect opportunity to...
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Your Italian Easter Recipe Box

Easter is a huge event worldwide, eagerly looked forward to as warmer and longer days approach. In Italy, Pasqua, Easter, is a holiday that is more important than Christmas. The preparations for...
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Earlier Articles

The Right Food and Wine for Passover

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This time of the year is the celebration of the Jewish Holiday of Passover. Passover is really about the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Moses had asked Pharaoh to allow the Jewish people to leave Egypt. He refused. After each refusal, God... Read more »

Unlikely Wine Pairings: Ethiopian Food

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The first time I had Ethiopian food was back in high school twenty years ago, and I drove my little white pickup truck to Midtown which, at the time, was the site of Memphis’ only restaurant devoted to this particular cuisine. I had read up... Read more »

Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

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The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor fertility and marriage. The fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of love birds choosing their mate on St.... Read more »

How to Pair Wine with Super Bowl Foods

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Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It’s too early at the time of writing to pick wines from the two final states represented in the game*, though for something you could find... Read more »

Super Bowl Sunday Kitchen Counter Tailgate

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We all know where most of America will be on Super Bowl Sunday, watching the big game on TV. And with this yearly iconic spectacle comes the anticipated clever commercials that for some are maybe more entertaining than the game itself! Read more »

TV Dinner and Wine Pairing Guide

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I once spent 48 hours making a sauce from scratch. It was a classic Sauce Robert that started with a tray full of bones and vegetables. The compound sauce required demi-glace, the rich reduction of beefy goodness that takes a lot of time and... Read more »

Holiday Dessert Pairings

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This is an action-packed few weeks full of parties, dinners, and lots of celebration. And along with all the festivities come the desserts: cookies, cakes, pies, and lots more decadent treats. While there are some classic wine pairings to keep in... Read more »

Neapolitan Christmas Dishes and Wine Pairings

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Christmas in Naples is truly worthy of the word abbondanza, or abundance, where preparations for feasting are readied weeks in advance. The kickoff is always Christmas Eve, traditionally known as La Vigilia, or the vigil. In times past, in... Read more »

Nonconformist Oyster & Wine Pairings

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Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell. One of my first jobs working in a professional kitchen as a kid, after I was promoted from the pot sink, was shucking oysters and serving them iced on the half shell. I got very adept at... Read more »

Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings

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In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will roll out the traditional recipes and ingredients, with turkey taking center stage at the table. Now what about your side dishes? Along with the standby family... Read more »

5 Wines to Pair with Indian Food Classics

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The best Indian food I ever had was when my friend Aman’s parents would visit from Ahmedabad and his mother would cook wonderful meals for us. Beautifully seasoned, all vegetarian, and all made with love in the traditional style of Gujarat.... Read more »

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