Is Michael Voltaggio ever inspired by wine to create a dish?

I’m not a huge fan of wine pairings. I like to drink wine by itself and taste the wine; and I like to the eat food by itself. I feel like sometimes when you get into this huge food-and-wine pairing, it becomes overwhelming. I get it — I feel like some wine does need food; but I don’t feel like it goes the other way around. I don’t think that food needs wine so much. So for me, it’s the experience of tasting wine by itself and tasting food by itself.

A lot of the wine we serve in the restaurant is very light. I think champagne is probably, for me, the best thing to take with you because when you eat at a restaurant, you’re going to have a lot of different flavors.

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