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Enough with the junk food pairings

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 10:38 am in Corkheads.

Fun piece in the Chronicle’s Uncorked last week on junk foods, but aren’t we done with this topic? I interviewed Mike Pierce of Maverick in November of 2007 about his off beat Wine Wednesday seminars and his penchant for tossing back wine with Cool Ranch Doritos. (He told me Russian River Pinot Noir, not Pinot Gris).


But anyway, why don’t we stop encouraging Americans to eat processed junk? If they want to wade in a cesspool of Carrageenan and Monosodium Glutamate, let them do it with corn syrup based beverages or at best, a cheap beer. Wine is made from fruit and soil, so drink it with real food.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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  • Sam

    How’s the weather up there on your high horse?

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Crisp and dry, like a great Sauv Blanc.

  • Jim

    I’m curious as to why you specifically write about carageenan and MSG. Carageenan is a natural product derived from kelp while MSG was traditionally made from the fermentation of seaweed and now wheat. I don’t see how these are any different from wine in that man takes natural products (grapes, kelp, seaweed/wheat) and ferments them with the addition of a fermenter (yeast, bacteria).

  • Sam

    I just think it’s hilarious that it was okay for you to write about wine pairings and “processed junk” in 2007, but now that the Chronicle has done it, it’s suddenly not okay?

    It’s not about you. People should enjoy their wine however they choose.

  • Jessica

    I have never written about junk food and wine. The 2007 story, if you read it, was about COMFORT foods and wine, things like meatloaf and homemade macaroni and cheese, which pair well with highly acidic wines such as Sauvingon Blanc and Pinot Noir because these wines can stand up to the fat of these dishes. The only reference I made to junk food in the entire story was Mike Pierce’s affinity for Doritos. And citing that he had Wine Wednesday seminars. Please, don’t attack me without being informed.

  • Megan

    You go, Jess! RAWR! :-) We need to get together — it’s been so long since the conference! What ever happened to the Wine Bloggers’ tasting group you were pondering?

  • Jessica

    Yikes, that’s right! I’m on it. How many people is a good number? I’m thinking me, you, Doug, Ward, and my pal who teaches at CIA (she lives in SF). Lemme know if you think of anyone else and I’ll send out an email. Oh and I’d love to get together soon. I’m craving tea leaf salad. Lemme know when!