Perfect Pairing

I pride myself on being a pretty good cook, but I’m not really all that creative in the kitchen. Sure, I find recipes and “tweak” them a little, but as far as creating my own concoctions? Umm, not so much. One of my friends, however, is an excellent cook. In fact, she’s a self-proclaimed domestic goddess, but she certainly lives up to the reputation!

Food and wine, of course, are two of our favorite things. Is it any wonder why we are such good friends? Jen’s culinary skills and my knowledge of wine go hand-in-hand. Together, we were able to come up with the perfect pairing. I give her all the credit, though, because her part was a lot tougher than mine.

The recipe below pairs wonderfully with our Sole from Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery. The Sole is a semi-dry white wine made from vidal blanc grapes. It is slightly effervescent which makes it crisp, light, and refreshing – an excellent match for this dish! We hope you like it just as much as we did!

Maple Dijon Pulled Chicken


6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cider vinegar
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 heaping teaspoons Worcestershire
1 teaspoon Frank’s hot pepper sauce
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste

Arrange chicken in crock pot. Season with salt and pepper.

Whisk together the cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, Worcestershire, Frank’s hot pepper sauce, and vegetable oil. Pour over chicken breasts to cover the chicken.

Cook in crock pot on low, 8-10 hours. After about 7-8 hours, remove meat from crock pot, shred meat using 2 forks, and return to crock pot to continue simmering in the sauce mixture. Serve on onion roll or another delicious roll of your choice.

* Also great with pork for Maple Dijon Pulled Pork. Other wines that pair nicely with this meal are the
Chardonnay from Paradocx Vineyard and the Traminette from Pinnacle Ridge Winery.


Enjoy…and be sure to let us know what you think! Your feedback will come in handy. We’ll continue to come up with creative pairings and share them here when we do. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, right?

In the meantime, check out my friend’s Facebook page, She posts awesome recipes and tips every day. She also has a business page,

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