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Dr. Vinny,

What kind of food should I serve with mead honey wine?

—Lisa, Arizona

Dear Lisa,

Mead, nicknamed "honey wine," is a beverage made from fermented honey and water. There are many different versions of mead out there, and many of them tend to be on the sweet side. I like mead best served chilled, and when pairing it with food, think of dishes that can stand up to noticeable sweetness, like strong cheeses or hearty stews. Some Ethiopian restaurants serve "tej," the Ethiopian version of mead, which pairs nicely with the traditional spicy vegetable and meat dishes. Of course, you can't go wrong serving mead with a reading of Beowulf (a nod to fans of Old English epic poems).

—Dr. Vinny


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