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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Pairing Guide

What to Drink with Latkes

Kate's Supercrispy Potato Latkes

What wine should you drink with latkes? The classical answer is Champagne, and for a number of very good reasons. It has plenty of acid to cut through oil, the bubbles cleanse your palate and as star sommelier Rajat Parr notes in his book, Secrets of the Sommeliers, fried foods and sparkling wines echo each other in texture: The wine's abrasive bubbles feel similar to the crackly crispness of the food, creating a satisfying effect that's hard to beat. Our research (a.k.a. the F&W Digital Team's first annual Latke Pairing Party) for the most part bore this out. But we did discover the optimal sparklers for creamy versus sweet toppings, as well as an incredibly delicious, non-sparkling match for salty, fishy toppings like smoked salmon and caviar. Here, the best wines to pair with latkes according to your preferred accoutrements. Read more >

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F&W Gift Guide

3 Unusual Kinds of Hanukkah Gelt

Veruca Gelt

During the festival of lights, giving out chocolate gelt coins is a long-standing tradition. Whether just for a treat or gambling over a game of dreidel, here are delicious and fun ways to enjoy Hanukkah gelt. Read more >

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