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Smoky Chipotle Hummus with Garlic Bagel Chips

Pair with Chenin Blanc.
 
Don’t hesitate to smear this hummus on a bagel and call it a day. Life is only complicated when we allow it to be.
 
One of my favorite uncomplicated grapes is Chenin Blanc, a native of the Loire. One of its sub-appellations, Vouvray, offers some truly compelling examples of sparkling Chenin Blanc. Vouvray is made with one hundred percent Chenin Blanc in the traditional method. The wines ferment in tank. A secondary fermentation happens in bottle. What makes Vouvray extra special is lees aging: a minimum of twelve months is required by the region, but many producers choose to go above and beyond. Lees is just another term for dead yeast cells. They impart the wine with a creamy texture and thick, rich flavors. Vouvray is a perfect match for a densely flavored hummus bagel. There is a thickness to chipotle-flavored dishes (as it is a thick-skinned pepper) that is a perfect complement to Vouvray.

To try: Champalou is a favorite producer of mine.

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