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“Karen, can you suggest a wine that pairs well with Corned Beef and Cabbage? We often have beer, but I like wine better.” —Leslie L. (Sacramento, California)

Leslie, regrettably, no. Boiled cabbage is one of the toughest foods to pair with wine. Cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables make wine taste hollow, unripe, sour and sometimes even dank. Grilling or roasting can help (as when you roast brussels sprouts), but boiled cabbage? This is the moment for Guinness in my opinion.

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