Is Dean Fearing ever inspired by wine to create a dish?
I like drinking wine with dishes, no doubt. I think that’s the most important thing in life — tasting great wines with the dishes. I don’t cook with wine as much as I used to in my French days, which was all about cooking with wine. Not that I don’t put a great red wine with a brown sauce in certain dishes; by all means, that is one of the true elements of a great brown sauce. For a lot of what we do Texas style, it doesn’t involve wine cookery because we’re using other aspects, chilies or stocks. Wine in with Texas-style food, it doesn’t fit the genre.