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What’s the best wine and food pairing you’ve ever had?

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The question

What's the best wine and food pairing you've ever had?

The answer

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There is a technical answer and there is an emotional answer. …

I've had the good fortune to experience foie gras with old Château d'Yquem. Best of all, a friend was paying. Talk about guilty pleasures: ethically questionable liver, a lifetime's allowance of cholesterol and a $500 wine (for a mere half-bottle). Seared duck liver with the greatest of all dessert wines ranks as one of the ultimate duos, the culinary equivalent of Astaire and Rogers, Lennon and McCartney, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

But the pleasure was not my most memorable because such matchups, given the expense, draw attention to themselves. You spend time dutifully commending the pairing with high praise rather than silently enjoying. I'd sooner take the plate of raw oysters I once had with ice-cold muscadet ($12 at retail) at a Boston harbour bar. It was the perfect ambience for the molluscs: summertime, a bustling room and a Red Sox game on the screen. And it was the ideal wine: crisp, lean and deferential, a white that knew how to whisper with subtle shellfish. That's as close as I'll come to the sort of unfussy grazing Hemingway seemed to do wherever he went and chronicled in such perfectly plain language. The combination was one plus one equals three – and gave me change back from a $50 bill.

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Life columnist

Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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