This year, one of my wine goals is to do more food and wine pairing. One of my wine buddies said he tried KFC and Sauternes. I looked at him with a puzzled look and realized that sweet and savory is a good combo. After all, I use bacon to wipe up excess pancake syrup, so I gave it a shot!

   I was lucky enough to dine at the French Laundry when I was in Napa last year. Chef/owner Thomas Keller has three restaurants on the same street in Yountville, CA. His newest restaurant is called Ad Hoc. A cult following has emerged for the Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Night. Using the Ad Hoc recipe, I had some friends over to try it out.

   This stuff was good! It is the most succulent, juicy and crispy fried chicken I've ever had. I opened a 2007 Argyle Brut and a 2008 Santa Julia Tardio Late Harvest Torrontes. Sparkling wine is very food friendly and the Argyle is light, crisp and toasty. It is a great combination that plays nicely with the chicken. The late harvest wine makes a nice contrast with the savory fried chicken. Its tropical fruit flavors and sweetness make for a great pairing. This is a great dessert wine and it's cheap!