SMALL PLATES, PERFECT WINES

One of my favorite California wineries is Kendall-Jackson in Santa Rosa, not only because it makes a great Chardonnay, but because it hosts the annual Heirloom Tomato Festival, one of the state’s great culinary events.

So, you see, I am a fan on two levels. I admire Kendall-Jackson because I love good wine, and because I love good food.

Naturally, when Kendall-Jackson produces a cook book that features trendy pairings of wine and food, I consider it a double dose of good news.

“Small Plates, Perfect Wines” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.95) is a celebration of those “small-plate” dishes that are all the rage now.

Veteran cookbook author Lori Lyn Narlock compiles recipes by Kendall-Jackson Executive Chef Justin Wangler and his culinary team with wine suggestions by Kendall-Jackson Winemaster Randy Ullom. Extra food and wine notes are provided by Lou Rex, the Jackson Family Wines Director of Special Events.

Photos are by Dan Mills, with graphic design by Jennifer Barry.

It’s a luscious book, with more than 50 food-and-wine creations. How do Duck and Spinach Empanadas with Persimmon Chutney sound? And how about a glass of Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir to go with that?

“Small Plates, Perfect Wines” is now available in bookstores, from online booksellers, and from the winery. Visit the Kendall-Jackson website at www.kj.com. By the way, tickets go on sale in May for this year’s edition of the Heirloom Tomato Festival, which will take place Sept. 6. Tickets go fast.