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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy February 3, 2011

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Gung Hay Fat Choy

Easy for you to say! Happens to be “happy new year” in Cantonese.  At least that’s the way I learned it many years ago in San Francisco.  There are, of course, numerous ways to express this greeting, owing to the countless Chinese dialects.  But, the outcome is the same:  welcome to the year of the rabbit!  More than a billion people will celebrate “the metal rabbit”, actually, according to astrology.com (and they should know).  Quoth the rabbit:  “2011 is projected to bring peace, tranquility and diplomacy. However, the Metal element gives the rabbit a competitive, aggressive, cold and sometimes insensitive side. This is the first Year of the Metal Rabbit since 1951!” Thank you astrology.com, and quoth the rabbit “nevermore”, Mr.  Poe.  Now, what’s this have to do with wine and food you say?  Glad you asked.  We found a great recipe for Lettuce Wraps with Duck (it would have been too macabre to offer you a recipe for, say, rabbit fricassee or rabbit coq au vin), so enjoy the lettuce wraps with a clear conscience and a nice Gewurztraminer. I know, most people pair duck with Pinot Noir, but when you read the recipe which follows, I think you’ll agree that the spicy Asian dish is begging for this aromatic grape.  It’s one of the only wines that works well with Asian cuisine. Read on for the tasty recipe and to learn more about “The Year of the Rabbit”, and Happy New Year!


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