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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Food-Pairing Friday: Buffalo Wings

Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings by White on Rice Couple.With my husband on "Mancation" last weekend, I planned on doing girlie things: watching romantic comedies, getting a pedicure, taking baths. But when I remembered that the New England Patriots were playing in the AFC playoff game, all that went by the wayside, and instead I found myself glued to the TV on Sunday watching one very depressing football game. The loss was brutal, but it was made even worse by my game-day snacks, which were limited to leftovers of last week's healthy Catalan Chickpea Stew. Delicious to be sure, but not exactly what I crave when I'm watching football.

This weekend I'm ready. Armed with a recipe for Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings, posted by our friends Todd and Diane at White on Rice Couple. These homemade wings are mouth-on-fire spicy, slightly sweet, just a little bit tangy and satisfyingly crunchy. Of course, buffalo wings call for beer--something light and refreshing, but still well-made--so I'll be sure to have on hand a six-pack of Oskar Blues "Mama's Lil' Yella' Pils" Pilsner, which tastes like a proper German Pilsner and is proof that good beer can come in cans. 

If you decide to whip up a batch of these buffalo wings, and you or your crowd prefers wine, keep it simple with a liter-box of the 2009 Yellow + Blue Torrontes made by former Kermit Lynch staffer Matt Cain. This Argentine boxed wine is priced to party at just $9.99, and is wonderfully dry, with spicy Mirabelle plum, apricot and white flower notes complemented by a zippy, clean palate. Perfect for something spicy and proof once again that it's what's inside the packaging that counts.

Leah Greenstein