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How to Solve Tricky Wine-Pairing Dilemmas

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Lesson 2: A Full, Oaked White with a Sweet Dish

Sweet Food Pairing: Chicken Stir-Fry with Corn, Pineapple and Red Pepper

Why It Works: It took nearly 30 attempts before I found a good match for this pineapple-and-corn stir-fry—the sweet flavors made most wines taste sharp, but a full-bodied white, like the 2010 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc, worked. A wine aged in oak—which lends body and vanilla flavors—blends with the sugars.

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