Why Do Wine Pairings Matter?

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Photo by Heather Sperling


The author introduces a series on pairings, explaining how he came to appreciate the way wine enhances food. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Beef Heart with Zinfandel

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Illustration by Grant Achatz

It can take days to turn animal organs into a satisfying dish. And then it's time to pick the wine. Learn more here .

Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Pork Belly with Kerner

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Photo by Christian Seel


The author balances the heaviness of pork belly with the lightness of lettuce. Wine pulls it all together. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Wild Turbot with Hildegard

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Photo by Lara Kastner


Intuition inspires the author to add blossoms to a turbot dish--and his manager to pick the wine to go with it. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Oyster Cream with Pinot Gris

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Photo by Lara Kastner


The author creates a whimsical dish using oysters, lychee, and caviar. Wine adds an ideal finishing touch. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Verjus with Zinfandel

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Photo by Lara Kastner


Through 27-courses, eating can get monotonous. The author creates a food and wine pairing to help fight fatigue. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Squab with Syrah or Cote Rotie

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Photo by Lara Kastner


When the author arrives at a Napa vineyard, he expects to find modern equipment. Reality is much different. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.

Chocolate with Moscato Rosa

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Photo by Lara Kastner


When cancer treatments robbed the author of his sense of taste, he panicked. Then he realized he could rely on his nose. Learn more here .
Wine Pairings, from Beef Heart to Chocolate
Recommendations from Grant Achatz's eight-part series on wine pairings.