A great wine bar needs both spectacular wines and top-notch food.

April 01, 2010

To test how well a wine pairing works, do what the pros do: Take a sip of the wine and think about how it tastes, then take a bite of the food and think about how it tastes after the wine, then take a final sip of the wine. All the flavors will linger and meld beautifully (or not!).

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