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Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

This is the classic recipe for Potato Leek soup, or the closest I could find to it, keeps ingredients to a minimum—a simple but lovely quintet of Yukon Gold potatoes, leeks, garlic, butter and chicken stock. Contrast the silkiness of this soup with topping of applewood smoked bacon, prosciutto, crème fraîche, Parmesan crisps or truffle oil. Pair with a moderately oaked Chardonnay, in my case I enjoyed this dish with Tendril's excellent 2014 Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Cool-climate Chardonnays from Sonoma County or Chablis are fine choices, too. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:17]...

Wilfred Wong's Pho

Wilfred Wong’s Pho

A few months ago, a friend from Sweden sent me a recipe for cardamom buns. He'd come across my review of Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs 2005, where I wrote, "My ex-mother-in-law made Swedish bread every year at Christmas. This brought all of it back; the yeast, cardamom, and toasted almonds." Having used Vivino since its launch in the late fall of 2011, I've watched the evolution of the app, and more importantly, have seen the social aspect of it flourish. Being a part of a global community has its advantages: We're united in our mutual love of wine, but we talk about other things, too. Food is a common topic, and I often see pairing notes layered into tasting notes. For me, Vivino provides a window into what people are drinking and eating worldwide, hence the inspiration behind this series. I'd like to start by sharing recipes and wine pairings in articles here, much like recipes are shared between wine lovers in the app. This recipe to share comes from Wilfred Wong. His formal title, Chief Storyteller at Wine.com only hints at the scope of his life. He's also an accomplished photographer and writer, a dog lover, a world traveler, and is...