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CHICKEN POT PIE

Pairing white wines with poultry is common practice, and when it comes to savory chicken potpie, the rule still applies. Smooth, dry whites like a chenin blanc aged in oak or a viognier will do the trick. Chardonnay is another conventional option. Go lighter with a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. The goal is to keep it dry, crisp, and clean. HOW TO MAKE IT BEST: Master the crust tuck. Trim the top and bottom crust so that about one-inch remains. Fold the crusts under and tuck into the pie plate to seal the savory goodness inside.

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

Round out this classic Italian meal with a red wine that hails from the same locale. Barbera are available locally and make a safe pairing for rich sauce. Want to step it up a notch? Bring home a bottle of barbaresco—a popular Italian red made from the nebbiolo grape. Look for one with notes of cherry; they pair well with rich sauces. HOW TO MAKE IT BEST: Ditch the canned tomatoes and use fresh instead.

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICH

A PBJ may sound like a lunchbox stuffer for your kids, but when you’re in a dinner bind, it’s also a perfectly acceptable dish that won’t garner complaints. Pair it with a dry, acidic white wine, like a chenin blanc or a riesling. Choosing a not-so-sweet vino provides balance. HOW TO MAKE IT BEST: Elevate your PBJ by warming it up—in the waffle iron.

FRIED CHICKEN

Who says your fried chicken can’t be fancy? Whether it’s a family recipe or your favorite drive-thru bucket, the surefire way to class it up is to pair the dish with champagne. The cool, refreshing taste of champagne—and sparkling wines—is the ideal complement to fatty, fried chicken. HOW TO MAKE IT BEST: Retain moisture by salting the chicken at least two hours before you fry it (extra points if you salt it the night before) followed by a dry brine technique. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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San Joaquin Magazine November 2016  

San Joaquin Magazine, November 2016, Thanksgiving, Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Sierra, Christmas Cheer Along The Rail Lines, Sleep...

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San Joaquin Magazine, November 2016, Thanksgiving, Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Sierra, Christmas Cheer Along The Rail Lines, Sleep...