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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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Food-Pairing Friday: Pulled Pork Sliders

Image courtesy of Gaby Dalkin from What's Gaby Cooking

I like football. More than most girls, I'd guess, since I'm eagerly anticipating Super Bowl Sunday with the enthusiasm my female counterparts generally reserve for red carpet events like the Oscars. From the kickoff to the final drive, I'm going to be glued to the television this year, embracing my inner Cheesehead (strangely, I grew up rooting for Green Bay even though I lived in Southern California), reaching ever-so-often for a savory treat.

I relish football food as much as I like the sport, and usually like to make team themed small bites. (Last year it was all about the Muffalettas.) And while I might try whipping up some cheese dip in a bread bowl, I find the draw of Gaby Dalkin's (What's Gaby Cooking) tangy Pulled Pork Sliders too hard to resist. Easy to eat than a full-sized sandwich and pretty simple to make--just throw it in the slow-cooker or as cast iron Dutch oven and walk away. I love mine topped with crispy chopped Napa cabbage and paired with a bottle of Jacquère from the Savoie in eastern France. And since the Savoie is fondue country, the style would pair particularly well with a cheese dip! 

We don't carry a wide array of wines made from the little known Jacquère, but the ones we do are characterful and affordable. I'll be drinking the 2009 Domaine Frederic Giachino "Monfarina" Vin de Savoie Abymes ($12.99), which is totally organic, estate-grown Jacquère aged sur lie for 6-8 months. The wine smells like wet rocks and light fruit cocktail syrup (I mean that in the best possible way), but it's completely dry on the palate, with vibrant acidity, fresh stone and citrus fruit up front and lots of minerality that carries through straight to the finish. Its slightly richer texture keeps it from getting lost in richer foods, and those sliders are rich!

For more Super Bowl wine pairing ideas, comment on what you're making below and we'll try and find a match.

Leah Greenstein


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

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