Natalie MacLean, publisher of the e-mail newsletter Nat Decants and author of the recent Red, White, and Drunk All Over, just unveiled a nifty database that helps you easily match wine and food. While it doesn't claim to be comprehensive, the "matcher" does spit out solutions to some pretty unlikely menu challenges. What goes with bacon and eggs? A botryitised semillion, perhaps. Cashews? Sherry fino or Tokaj. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows? Why, a nice viognier of course.
And while we're on the subject, Alpana Singh --whose new Alpana Pours offers tips on pairing wine with Egg McMuffins (mimosas, natch) and Cheetos (a zippy zin)--is giving a talk at the Chicago History Museum on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, under the auspices of the Culinary Historians of Chicago. It's from 10 AM to noon at 1600 N. Clark. The $10 admission includes cookies; nothing yet on what might be paired with them. RSVP to 708-788-0338 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ChicaGourmets hosts a lunch with Singh at Custom House immediately following; the $65 ticket gets you a four-course meal with wine.