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How to pair wine
For this dish, keep the red wine in its bin, except for a young Beaujolais-Villages perhaps, or an inexpensive, chilled pinot noir. They're both very low in tannin, which is the element in the pairing that you want to avoid augmenting. Like an artichoke or the vegetable broccoli rabe, arugula is a bitter green (especially if its leaves are longer than your pinkie finger) and no good partner to the tannin in most red wine.
By Bill St. John, Special to Tribune Newspapers
September 18, 2013