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Anthony Bourdain Recommended A Wine Pairing That Doesn't Actually Exist
Beef bourguignon is a hearty meal from Burgundy, France, consisting of slow-cooked beef, carrots, onion, herbs, and red wine. It's often fittingly paired with Burgundy wine.
In chef Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook, he said beef bourguignon pairs well with a Burgandy wine called Côte de Nuits Villages Pommard — which doesn't exist.
Burgundy is divided into several growing regions, one of which is the Côte de Nuits. Pommard is one of 44 wine-producing villages whose name is put on the bottles it produces.
The problem is that Pommard isn't located in the Côte de Nuits; it's in the Côte de Beaune. "Côte de Nuits Pommard" is not a real location that a wine could come from.
For this reason, the wine Bourdain recommended can't be found anywhere. Given Burgundy's complicated list of hundreds of wine-producing areas, the mistake is understandable.