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  • For food of a region, drink wine of the region

     For food of a region, drink wine of the region
    This recipe is what the Poles would call bigos or kapusta (the former thicker than the latter's soupier texture), or what those who live in Alsace, France, would name their famed choucroute garnie — or close enough. (Many more pork cuts in a choucroute.) So, because the best match for this dish is Polish beer or wine from Alsace, given the "drink with what it grows up with" mantra, the recommended wines are from Alsace, that most northeasterly French region well known for its gastronomy. Well, and one from Italy made in the same style and from a grape Alsace also knows well.
  • A hidden gem, in plain sight

    A hidden gem, in plain sight
    There are many things I don't understand about the restaurant business. I don't see why small plates are "shareable." I don't get the appeal of communal tables. And I don't understand why Storefront Company isn't crowded all the time. The year-old...

    Hidden pockets of Burgundy that yield great wine values

     Hidden pockets of Burgundy that yield great wine values
    Back when I was a lad, selling wine as a merchant, the most popular white Burgundy was the unpronounceable Pouilly-Fuisse. I most often heard requests for "Polly Foosay." Why a wine was so sought after whose name was difficult to say remains odd to me....

    Lunch at Be Our Guest, a new Fantasyland restaurant in Orlando

    Lunch at Be Our Guest, a new Fantasyland restaurant in Orlando
    With this week's opening of the new Fantasyland, dining options have expanded for guests at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park. Be Our Guest Restaurant is an expansive and well-coiffed French eatery based on the animated movie "Beauty and...

    Red wines to match the fortifying foods of winter

     Red wines to match the fortifying foods of winter
    Wine is a food and, as such, our moods for it change with the seasons just as they do for the solid stuff we eat. A lot more rose and dry white is sold in summertime; this is the time of year for teeth-staining reds and fortified wines that can be too...