Robert Wiedmaier adds a little bit of cumin to the garlicky marinade on these chops, which highlights the lamb's slightly gamey flavor. He accompanies each serving with half a head of roasted garlic; the sweet caramelized cloves are delicious on their own or blended into the silky white bean puree he serves as a side dish. More Lamb Recipes
Syrah is a classic partner for lamb—its black pepper and meaty notes taste great with gamey meats (it's good with goat, too). Southern France is Syrah's home, and there are still great bargains to be found there.